The Canadian Government has awarded a $10m contract to Harris for the supply of its Falcon III multiband tactical radios and satellite terminals to the country’s military forces.

Under the contract, the company will deliver Falcon III AN/PRC-117G radios and vehicular-based and mobile RF-7800B broadband global area networking (BGAN) terminals to enable Type-1 secure voice and data communications in both line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight applications for the military.

The two systems, when combined, will support the military’s network-enabled applications, such as streaming video and collaborative chat.

"The system we’re delivering will provide Canadian forces with greater situational awareness and command and control in the full range of mission environments."

Harris RF Communications international business unit president Brendan O’Connell said: "The system we’re delivering will provide Canadian forces with greater situational awareness and command and control in the full range of mission environments."

Designed as a software-defined, upgradable voice and data platform, the Falcon III AN/PRC-117G improves the soldier’s situational awareness in the battlefield by providing wireless, high-bandwidth communications.

The radio also supports network-enabled operations, such as convoy tracking, intelligence reporting and analysis, route planning and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) missions.

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Offering continuous coverage in the 30MHz to 2GHz frequency range, the AN/PRC-117G is the first JTRS software communications architecture-certified, NSA Type-1 certified manpack radio system deployed by all branches of the US Department of Defense (DoD).

Integrated with RF-7800B and Falcon III multiband radio turnkey system, the RF-7800B BGAN is an advanced satellite solution, designed to offer secure voice and wideband data connectivity for beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) satellite communications on-the-move.

RF-7800B represents the only integrated MIL-rugged systems capable of seamlessly maintaining net connectivity of mobile tactical users across extended battlespace.

Combined operation of fully integrated RF-7800B and AN/PRC-117G radio will enable the users to further enhance their data networking capabilities, through simultaneous operation with Harris’s adaptive networking wideband waveform (ANW2).