US-based technology firm Harris has received a contract to provide Falcon III radios to an undisclosed country in Central Europe.
The $51m contract was awarded under the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) Foreign Military Sales programme.
The procurement of the radios is expected to deliver advanced narrowband and wideband networking capabilities to the Nato member country.
In addition, it will result in greater interoperability with US and Nato allies for coalition operations.
The European nation is acquiring the communication equipment as part of its modernisation programme.
Under the FMS contract, Harris will supply Falcon III AN/PRC-158, AN/PRC-160, AN/PRC-152A and AN/PRC-117G manpack and handheld radios.
Harris International Tactical Communications vice-president and general manager Christopher Aebli said: “Our customer requires advanced, highly secure communication networks that provide interoperability with their Nato partners.
“These modern, software-defined radios meet our customer’s current requirements and are upgradeable to address future evolving needs.”
The AN/PRC-158 multi-channel manpack radio features a two-channel, software-defined architecture that supports sending and receiving voice and data simultaneously.
Harris’ AN/PRC-160 wideband HF/VHF manpack is a stand-alone radio capable of providing long-range communications at high-data speeds in the absence of satellite communications.
The multiband handheld radio is designed to enable simultaneous voice, video and data in a small form-factor, with mobile ad-hoc networking capabilities.
The Falcon III AN/PRC-117G manpack is a software-defined radio that supports interoperations with US, Nato and regional partners.
It can be upgraded with new waveforms such as a mobile user objective system (MUOS), a narrowband military communications satellite system.
These Harris radios will meet the Central European customer’s existing needs while enabling upgrades for future requirements.
In August 2017, the company received an order from the US Army to supply its AN/PRC-158 multi-channel radio to support the service’s handheld, manpack, and small form fit (HMS) manpack programme test events.