Harris has been awarded a contract for the production and supply of its Falcon III family of wideband handheld tactical communication systems to the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to help modernise its tactical radio inventory.

The $39m initial delivery order is a part of a $400m indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, awarded to the company for the USSOCOM Capital Equipment Replacement Program (CERP).

Harris will supply Falcon III AN/PRC-152A and AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radios to the command.

Harris RF Communications Department of Defense (Dod) business president George Helm said the AN/PRC-152A provides DoD personnel with enhanced capabilities, including wideband tactical communications and networking in a handheld radio system.

"We’re delivering a powerful platform that operators can use for accessing and transmitting Type-1 secure voice, video and data and secure network connectivity in real time," Helm added.

The AN/PRC-152A is a multiband networking handheld radio designed to provide assured communications for the warfighter to conduct tasks such as sending and receiving voice, video, images and data for mission planning, intelligence gathering, force protection and checkpoint security.

Fully interoperable with other deployed DoD radios, the device also operates SINCGARS, VHF/UHF line-of-sight (VULOS), HaveQuick, IW for tactical satellite communications and other combat net radio waveforms.

The company is expecting to receive NSA Type-1 certification to operate the joint tactical radio system (JTRS) Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) in the radio in late 2012.

The Falcon III AN/PRC-117G radio features a software-defined upgradable voice and data platform that supports network-enabled missions, which include convoy tracking, mission operations planning and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC).

More than 16,000 AN/PRC-117G radio are currently in use with the US DoD and its allies, including Canada, the UK, Germany, other NATO nations and Australia.