Harris Wins $12.4 Million Order For Data Network

By  //  April 5, 2012


Brendan O'Connell is the president of International Business for Harris RF Communications.

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA –Harris Corporation has received $12.4 million in orders from a Latin American nation for an integrated wireless digital voice and data network that supports critical communication coordination between federal officials and armed forces.

Headquartered in Melbourne, the company has about $6 billion of annual revenue and more than 17,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists.

The new orders were received by Harris in the second quarter of fiscal year 2012.

The system integrates communication system and radio solutions from Harris’ tactical and public safety businesses.

To provide secure communications that protect the customer strategic installations during natural disasters, Harris is delivering an integrated digital voice and data network that supports the integration of land mobile radio and tactical communications over a single integrated network.

Built on the Harris VIDA® network and network management capabilities, the OpenSky® mission-critical land mobile radio system will support public safety communications and seamlessly integrate and interoperate with tactical radio communications through NetworkFirst®, the Harris interoperability gateway solution.


The system provides fully integrated situation awareness via Harris FalconCommand software. For federal officials, Harris is providing rugged and secure P5400 portable and M5300 mobile radios.

Harris also will provide tactical radios from the Falcon II® radio family, including the RF-5800H high-frequency manpack for beyond-line-of-sight terrestrial communications and RF-5800V handheld, a lightweight radio for VHF line-of-sight communications.

“This Harris solution fully leverages our unique mission-critical communications capabilities across a full spectrum of national security applications,” said Brendan O’Connell, president, International Business, Harris RF Communications. “The system delivers secure, interoperable communications in fixed and transportable configurations, providing real time situational awareness integrating both Falcon II tactical communications and public safety networks.”

Going global

Harris RF Communications is the leading global supplier of secure radio communications and embedded high-grade encryption solutions for military, government and commercial organizations.

The company’s Falcon® family of software-defined tactical radio systems encompasses manpack, handheld and vehicular applications. Falcon III is the next generation of radios supporting the U.S. military’s Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) requirements, as well as network-centric operations worldwide. Harris RF Communications is also a leading supplier of assured communications® systems and equipment for public safety, utility and transportation markets — with products ranging from the most advanced IP voice and data networks to portable and mobile single- and multiband radios. government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries.