Harris to supply additional Falcon III wideband tactical radios to USSOCOM

21 January 2014 (Last Updated January 21st, 2014 18:30)

Harris has been awarded a series of contracts for supply of additional Falcon III manpack and handheld tactical radios to the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

AN/PRC-117G radio

Harris has been awarded a series of contracts for supply of additional Falcon III manpack and handheld tactical radios to the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

Valued at a combined $18m, the orders cover delivery of Falcon III AN/PRC-117G and AN/PRC-152A tactical radios to support expansion of deployment of a SOCOM-accredited wideband tactical communications network.

The network enables the operators to send and receive tactical voice, video and data, resulting in enhanced situational awareness and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).

Harris RF Communications Department of Defense business unit president George Helm said the Falcon III wideband radio systems are delivering the tactical internet to the battlefield.

"This new network is opening up a world of new combat applications such as collaborative chat, biometric enrollments, video conferencing and video ISR,"' Helm said.

"These are next-generation capabilities, delivered today, using a proven commercial business model that thrives on competition and innovation."

"This new network is opening up a world of new combat applications such as collaborative chat, biometric enrollments, video conferencing and video ISR."

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 widely fielded wideband networking radio AN/PRC-117G is the first Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) software communications architecture-certified, NSA Type-1 certified manpack radio system deployed by all branches of the US Department of Defense.

Designed to provide simultaneous voice and high-speed data services on the move in the 225MHz to 450MHz range, the Falcon III AN/PRC-152A incorporates interoperability with legacy narrowband LOS and SATCOM waveforms, such as single channel ground and airborne radio system (SINCGARS), Havequick II, and VHF/UHF AM and FM in the 30MHz to 512MHz range.

The two radios provide users with interoperability through traditional narrowband waveforms, apart from to the advanced wideband data networking.


Image: A AN/PRC-117G tactical radio dispalyed in the National Cryptologic Museum in Maryland, US. Photo: courtesy of Daderot.

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