US Navy Selects Harris Falcon III Handheld Tactical Radios Certified for Suite B Encryption

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has received a $7 million order to supply the U.S. Navy with Falcon III® RF-310M-HH multiband handheld software-defined radios compatible with Suite B encryption. The order was received by Harris in the third quarter of fiscal year 2012.

The Navy is acquiring the RF-310M as part of the tactical radio modernization effort within Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC). The NECC supports naval expeditionary forces such as explosive ordinance disposal and port security forces.

The RF-310M is the first and only tactical radio to be certified by the National Security Agency as compatible with Type-1, Suite B encryption. The Suite B algorithm utilizes the commercial Advanced Encryption Standard, allowing it to be classified as a non-cryptographically controlled item. The RF-310M delivers U.S. SECRET and below interoperability with tactical radios such as the Falcon III® AN/PRC-152(C) handheld and AN/PRC-117G manpack radios.

"The RF-310M will provide the Navy with important new communications capabilities for a wide range of missions," said George Helm, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications. "The uniform user experience, form factor and accessories make it easy for these Naval Forces to adopt and employ."

With its programmable encryption technology, Software Communications Architecture and coverage of the entire 30-512 MHz frequency range, the RF-310M-HH addresses interoperability challenges presented in coalition and inter-agency operations. The RF-310M also hosts the APCO P25 waveform, which provides interoperability with radios used by police and other emergency response organizations.

Source: Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS)
Date: Jun 13, 2012