Harris launches new Falcon radio for US Army’s tactical radio programmes

19 March 2013 (Last Updated March 19th, 2013 18:30)

Harris has launched a new Falcon Wideband Team Radio, RF-330E, in response to the US Army's request for non-developmental solutions capable of addressing requirements of its Rifleman and NettWarrior (NW) radio programmes.

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Harris has launched a new Falcon Wideband Team Radio, RF-330E, in response to the US Army's request for non-developmental solutions capable of addressing requirements of its Rifleman and NettWarrior (NW) radio programmes.

Manufactured under the company's commercial business model, the lightweight and wireless RF-330E radio is designed to facilitate command and control by networking frontline soldiers to the tactical internet in 225MHz to 2GHz frequency range in the battlefield.

Hosting the Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW), the handheld radio is capable of delivering simultaneous voice, high-speed data and real-time position location information and multiple talk groups, in addition to supporting additional combat applications.

Harris RF communications department of defence business president George Helm said the new radio featured significant performance enhancements over the army's existing Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) programme.

"We are investing in solutions for next-generation manpacks and vehicular wideband radios using this same commercially oriented business model."

"We are investing in solutions for next-generation manpacks and vehicular wideband radios using this same commercially oriented business model, which is proven to deliver continuous innovation across our entire tactical radio portfolio," Helm added.

The non-cryptographically controlled radio meets the Type-1 secret and below information security requirements and uses the same battery and charging systems as the Harris Falcon III AN/PRC-152A, reducing a soldier's logistical burden and sustainment costs.

Leveraging the company's expertise as a tactical radio provider to the US Department of Defense (DoD), RF-330E radio also take advantage of a wide range of related accessories.

The radio has already demonstrated its capabilities in a configuration supporting the Army NettWarrior end-user device during the recently concluded Army Expeditionary Warfighting Experiment at Fort Benning in Georgia, US.


Image: US Army personnel train movement to contact squad tactics using the Rifleman Radio and Nett Warrior system at Dona Ana Range in New Mexico, US. Photo: courtesy of Lt Col Deanna Bague, Brigade Modernization Command.

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