Harris to supply Falcon III radios to an undisclosed Nato country

21 January 2013 (Last Updated January 21st, 2013 03:50)

Harris has been awarded two contracts for the delivery of its Falcon III tactical communication systems and related accessories to an undisclosed Nato member country.

Harris has been awarded two contracts for delivery of its Falcon III tactical communication systems and related accessories to an undisclosed Nato member country.

Valued at a combined $36m, the contracts cover supply of unspecified units of Falcon III AN/PRC-152(C) tactical radios, accessories and support services to help address the country's armed forces' communication requirements in rapidly changing tactical environments.

Harris RF Communications international business president Brendan O'Connell said the AN/PRC-152 was a widely fielded secure, handheld communication system with more than 160,000 radios deployed by customers worldwide.

"This radio will enable personnel to maintain voice and data connectivity throughout their missions, even when operating in remote areas with limited line-of-sight."

"This radio will enable personnel to maintain voice and data connectivity throughout their missions, even when operating in remote areas with limited line-of-sight," O'Connell said.

Radios delivered under the contract are expected to support the country's both line-of-sight and beyond line-of-sight satellite applications.

The Falcon III AN/PRC-152(C) is a single-channel multiband, multi-mission radio designed to provide secure, real-time information and communication at all points of need during coordination, combat, and crisis in 30-512MHz frequency range.

Upgradeable to emerging requirements, the radio offers single channel ground and airborne radio system (SINCGARS) interoperability, ultra high-frequency ground-to-ground line-of-sight communications, as well as close-air support and programmable encryption.

The NSA Type-1 and Software Communications Architecture (SCA) certified radio has extensively been used by Nato and other members of the international security assistance force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

In addition, the company is supplying its integrated tactical area communications system (ITACS) under a separate $42m contract to an undisclosed foreign military customer.

Featuring the new Harris Falcon III RF-7800W high-capacity line-of-sight radio, the system delivers fully integrated IP-based voice, data and video services to soldiers and commanders throughout the battlefield.