Harris has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to supply the next phase of an integrated tactical communications system to an undisclosed country in central Asia.

Under the terms of the $78m agreement, the company will expand the integrated tactical area communications system (ITACS), which offers enhanced command and control (C2) capabilities.

Comprising a private tactical cellular service provided by Harris Fusion 4G long-term evolution (LTE) base stations and ruggedised subscriber terminals, ITACS delivers seamless voice and data services from fixed headquarters to the deployed headquarters, and to tactical units on the battlefield.

"This system dramatically improves situational awareness by creating a mobile tactical Internet that delivers voice, data and video across the battlefield."

Specifically, the system provides a broad spectrum of advanced tactical communication services, including voice over internet protocol (VoIP), teleconferencing, messaging and email, as well as battlefield management and common operational picture applications.

Harris RF Communications International business president Brendan O’Connell said the Harris ITACS enables the country to make a rapid transition to modern, flexible and modular IP-based tactical communications.

"This system dramatically improves situational awareness by creating a mobile tactical internet that delivers voice, data and video across the battlefield," O’Connell said.

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In addition, ITACS includes the RF-7800W high-capacity line-of-sight radio, a quick-to-deploy solution for long-range data communications, and the RF-7800M multiband networking radio, which provides soldier and vehicle-based mobile ad hoc wideband networking.

The system uses commercial IP technologies to deliver a significant tactical advantage over legacy systems, while supporting the capacity, mobility, survivability and reliability required for modern network centric warfare (NCW).

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