Harris has been awarded an initial contract for the delivery of its Side Falcon soldier radio waveform (SRW-SF) appliqué systems to the US Army as part of its network integration evaluations at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
Awarded through the General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), the systems delivered under the undisclosed contract will be integrated into vehicles to meet the army's requirements for a vehicular single-channel radio, which operates the joint tactical radio system (JTRS) SRW.
George Helm president of the department of defense business unit for Harris RF Communications, said that the Side Falcon radio had been developed by the company in a short space of time to address the needs of the army.
"Our SRW appliqué system leverages combat-proven Harris wideband networking capabilities to provide increased connectivity, allowing personnel across the brigade combat team to benefit from improved situational awareness and other mission-critical tactical information," he said.
The Side Falcon will also install a small-form factor wideband power amplifier in the army's existing Falcon III AN/PRC-152A handheld radio for enhanced range and reliability, as well as supporting SRW and the Harris adaptive networking wideband waveform (ANW2). The system is fully interoperable with the existing DoD radios.
According to the company, the appliqués will be deployed by the army to facilitate seamless transmission of voice and data between dismounted soldiers, their command centres and higher headquarters.
As many as 5,000 SRW Appliqué systems are expected to be purchased by the army through a series of competitive contracts over the next decade.
Harris has also received a separate $26.7m contract to supply upgraded Falcon III AN/PRC-117G tactical radios and associated equipment to the US Army to allow for wider use and deployment of the JTRS SRW.