The US National Security Agency (NSA) has awarded Type-1 certification to Harris for integration of the Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) in its Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multiband tactical radio system.
The certification represents the first-ever deployment of Type-1 radios using SRW, which has been developed by the Department of Defense’s (DoD) joint tactical radio system (JTRS) programme to provide soldiers with voice, data and mobile ad-hoc networking capabilities.
Harris RF Communications group president Dana Mehnert said that the first Type-1 certified SRW implementation emphasised the company’s ongoing commitment to open-standard wideband waveforms that enable networking at the edge of tactical areas.
"SRW’s availability in the Harris AN/PRC-117G broadens the radio’s interoperability with current radios and ensures compatibility with future radio platforms operating JTRS waveforms," Mehnert added.
JTRS Network Enterprise Domain programme manager said that certification and fielding of SRW on AN/PRC-117G radio adds to the JTRS enterprise business model’s ability to enable increased competition and innovation within the defence tactical networking industry.
The radio has successfully demonstrated its interoperability with various vendor platforms and ability to communicate real-time voice and data using SRW as part of the JTRS interoperability ‘quicklook’ laboratory test.
Conducted in collaboration with the JTRS network enterprise domain, the tests used the company’s own funds to integrate and validate SRW for deployment through the JTRS programme enterprise business model (EBM).
The Falcon III AN/PRC-117G radio is a software-defined, upgradable voice and data platform designed to support network-enabled operations, such as convoy tracking, intelligence reporting and analysis, collaborative chat, route planning and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) missions.
Offering continuous coverage in the 30MHz to 2GHz frequency range, the AN/PRC-117G is the first JTRS software communications architecture-certified, NSA Type-1 certified manpack radio system deployed by all branches of the US DoD.