Falcon radio

The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has awarded Harris a follow-on contract for supply of additional multiband handheld and high-frequency manpack tactical radios to the national military.

Under the $100m contract modification, the company will supply additional Falcon III AN/PRC-152 handheld radios and vehicular adapters, as well as Falcon II AN/PRC-150 (C) high-frequency manpack radios, as part of the latest phase of the Joint Project 2072 modernisation programme.

Harris’ communications international business president. Brendan O’Connell, said the contract extends the longstanding relationship between the company and the country, and demonstrates their continued trust in its tactical communications solutions.

"We deeply value our partnership with the Australian Department of Defence as it embarks on its long-term goal of creating a next-generation wideband tactical communications network," O’Connell said.

The first joint tactical radio system (JTRS) software communications architecture-certified multiband, multimode radio, Falcon III AN/PRC-152 provides line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight communications (BLOS) capabilities to soldiers at all points of need during coordination, combat and crisis.

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"It embarks on its long-term goal of creating a next-generation wideband tactical communications network."

The software upgradeable handheld radio is currently in use by all branches of the US DoD, US federal agencies and many of its allies.

Considered as the only military Type-1 HF radio available, the Falcon II AN/PRC-150(C) high-frequency manpack radio provides soldiers with secure voice and data communications in the 1.6MHz to 60MHz frequency range, even in the harshest conditions.

Harris is currently providing long-term support for the Australian military forces through its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Newstead, Brisbane, and the Harris Communications Logistics Centre in Pinkeba, Queensland, Australia.

The number of the radios ordered and the contract’s delivery schedule remain undisclosed.

The Joint Project 2072 is a multi-phased project designed to progressively provide the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with the land elements of an integrated battlespace communications system.

Image: US Army technicians test AN/PRC-150 high frequency manpack radios. Photo: courtesy of Steve Grzezdzinski.

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