Harris Receives $81 Million Order For Radios

By  //  May 30, 2012

Huge New Contract

George Helm is president of the Department of Defense business division of Harris RF Communications. (Image courtesy Harris Corporation)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Harris Corporation has announced it has received $81 million in orders for its Falcon III wideband tactical radios from the U.S. Special Operations Command.

The radios will allow the military to broadly deploy secure wideband tactical communications.

The orders are part of a new contract awarded to Harris to support the command’s Capital Equipment Replacement Program.

It represents the initial phases of the modernization of the military’s tactical radio inventory.

Under terms of the contract, Harris also will provide its Falcon III(R) AN/PRC-152A wideband handheld radio, a wideband solution for dismounted users.

“Harris Falcon III radio systems will provide unique capabilities to communicate by Type-1 secure voice, video and wideband data,” said George Helm, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications. “The combat-proven Falcon III(R) family provides a complete solution for the emerging requirements of the tactical network for wireless, secure, high-data rate communications. The result is improved command and control and situational awareness through better informed warfighters.”

The new wideband radios will provide the military with a robust upgradeable platform that enables the addition of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities such as video.

It is is the first NSA Type-1 certified wideband manpack radio system and enables dismounted and vehicular warfighters to communicate via voice, video and data in real time.

The wideband capabilities of the radio support network-enabled missions such as collaborative chat, video, e-mail, biometric enrollments and more from the field.

The radio also provides the highest level of information assurance connectivity to tactical units via NSA-certified High Assurance Internet Protocol Equipment encryption.