Harris has extended the usefulness of its Falcon III AN / PRC-117G multi-band manpack radio with the launch of a new security capability, Suite B.
The capability provides encryption that allows users of 117G to interoperate with the US and Nato forces on a single radio, eliminating the requirement for separate tactical radio assets.
The Suite B encryption combines secure interoperability and key independence to enable US and Nato forces to communicate in joint or individual missions.
Harris Communication Systems president Chris Young said: “This secure capability allows our Nato partners to use the 117G to its fullest extent in battlefield scenarios that require multi-mission capabilities, while still maintaining independent communications capability for their own training and operations.”
Suite B security can also be integrated with additional waveforms to address new battlefield challenges.
The Falcon III AN / PRC-117G radio is a software-defined, upgradable voice and data platform, which is integrated with the soldier radio waveform (SRW), designed to offer continuous coverage in the 30MHz to 2GHz frequency range.
The AN / PRC-117G is the first Joint Tactical Radio System software communications architecture-certified, NSA Type-1-certified manpack radio system deployed by all branches of the US Department of Defense.
Adopted by US allies, including the UK, Canada, Germany, Australia and other Nato countries, the system supports network-enabled operations such as convoy tracking, intelligence reporting and analysis, collaborative chat, route planning, and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) missions.
Image: The new Suite B security capability for Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multi-band manpack radio. Photo: courtesy of Harris Corporation.