Representing the next phase of the nation’s tactical radio modernisation programme, the $55m contract covers supply of both line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight tactical communications capabilities.
Under the contract, Harris will deliver Falcon RF-5800H high-frequency and RF-5800V very-high-frequency (VHF) radios, as well as related accessories for deployment as part of a larger battlefield communications system.
Harris RF Communications international business president Brendan O’Connell said: "For defence and homeland security missions, the Harris Falcon radio family sets the standard for reliable and highly-secure tactical communications."
Equipped with automatic link establishment (ALE) and high-performance third-generation ALE (3G), RF-5800H is an advanced high-frequency (HF) manpack radio designed to provide troops with secure voice and data communications in harsh battlefield conditions where line of sight communications are not an option.
Capable of providing continuous coverage in the 1.6MHz-60MHz frequency band, the software defined MIL-STD-810G-compliant radio ensures consistent, secure communications even in the presence of jamming.
Weighing less than 1kg, RF-5800V is a small, lightweight VHF handheld radio developed for network-centric dismounted or vehicular applications in the 30MHz-108MHz frequency range.
Fully interoperable with the other Falcon II radios, the radio provides full software-defined combat net combat capabilities, including frequency hopping and secure digital voice, in addition to enabling situational awareness and other internet protocol (IP) based applications required to run in the background of normal voice traffic.
Supporting upgrades to future waveforms, feature enhancements, or unique customer encryption algorithms, the radio also features embedded Harris Citadel II that offers military-grade and AES encryption for both voice and data transmissions.
Number of units ordered and delivery schedule has not been disclosed by the company.