Harris has received initial contracts from the US Department of Defense (DoD) and other undisclosed military customers to deliver its newly launched Falcon III radio system.

The contract is valued at $5.6m and covers supply of an unspecified number of RF-7800H high-frequency (HF) manpack radio systems.

Harris RF Communications International business unit president Brendan O’Connell said the orders demonstrated increasing use of the RF-7800H in a broad spectrum of tactical scenarios and operating requirements.

"The RF-7800H lightens the soldier’s load while delivering streamlined command and control and a more informed force.”

"The RF-7800H lightens the soldier’s load while delivering streamlined command and control and a more informed force," O’Connell said.

"In addition, this new HF radio, combined with Harris’s new RF 3590 ruggedised tablet, supports the use of current and future C4ISR multimedia apps for international and DoD customers alike by enabling secure voice and high bandwidth data communication over thousands of kilometres."

Weighing less than 4kg, the RF-7800H is a wideband HF tactical radio designed to help soldiers transmit video clips, images, maps and other large data files at ten times the data rates compared with existing HF radios in obstructed line-of-sight mission environments, including mountains and urban terrain.

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The radio is capable of offering a persistent coverage in the 1.5MHz to 60MHz frequency range, and serves as the first highly reliable alternative to satellite communications for beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) data exchange.

Equipped with an internal global positioning system (GPS), the RF-7800H provides both Citadel and AES encryption and also demonstrates backward compatibility with the Harris Falcon II HF product line and accessories.

Operating on a single battery, the radio uses a software communications architecture-based operating environment to facilitate simple upgrades for delivery of new features and also meet evolving battlefield requirements.