Harris to provide mission communication system to Latin American nation

10 April 2012 (Last Updated April 10th, 2012 04:30)

Harris has received orders from a Latin American nation for an integrated wireless digital voice and data network to enhance interoperable voice and data communications and situational awareness.

Harris has received orders from a Latin American nation for an integrated wireless digital voice and data network to enhance interoperable voice and data communications and situational awareness.

Under the $12.4m order, the company will provide rugged and secure P5400 portable and M5300 mobile radios to support critical communication coordination between federal officials and the armed forces.

The company will also provide Falcon II tactical radios including the RF-5800H high-frequency manpack for beyond-line-of-sight terrestrial communications and RF-5800V handheld, a lightweight radio for VHF line-of-sight communications.

Harris RF Communications International Business president Brendan O'Connell said the solution fully leverages the firm's mission-critical communications capabilities across a full spectrum of national security applications.

"The system delivers secure, interoperable communications in fixed and transportable configurations, providing real time situational awareness integrating both Falcon II tactical communications and public safety networks," O'Connell added.

Integrating Harris' communication system and radio solutions over a single integrated network, the system provides secure communications that protect the nation's strategic installations during natural disasters.

The OpenSky mission-critical land mobile radio system is built on the Harris VIDA network and network management capabilities and continuously integrates and interoperates with tactical radio communications through Harris interoperability gateway solution, NetworkFirst.

Apart from providing interoperability, the system also provides fully integrated situation awareness through Harris FalconCommand software.

The Falcon multiband, multi-mission handheld radios are designed to provide soldiers with real-time information and communication at all points of need during coordination, combat, and crisis.

The next generation Falcon III and II radios are Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) software communications architecture-certified and are currently providing reliable and highly secure tactical communications in demanding conditions for more than 100 nations worldwide.

The radios have already been adopted in all branches of the US Department of Defense (DoD), US allies including the UK, Canada, Germany, Australia and other Nato countries.