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Harris has been awarded a contract for the delivery of its Falcon III wideband tactical communications systems to an undisclosed country in Central Asia.

Under the terms of the $18m agreement, the company will supply the RF-7800H high-frequency manpack and the RF-7850M multiband handheld radios for the country’s armed forces.

The radios are expected to provide advanced voice and data capabilities to soldiers, while establishing crucial communication links for operating in beyond line-of-sight and line-of-sight environments.

"Harris radios deliver highly reliable and secure communications for critical missions on the battlefield."

Harris RF Communications international business president Brendan O’Connell said: "Harris radios deliver highly reliable and secure communications for critical missions on the battlefield.

"Both the RF-7800H and the RF-7850M radio systems are crucial for delivering secure, up-to-the-minute situational awareness and effective command and control.”

Weighing less than 4kg, the RF-7800H is a wideband HF tactical radio designed to help soldiers transmit video clips, images, maps and other large data files at ten times the data rates compared with existing HF radios in obstructed line-of-sight mission environments, including mountains and urban terrain.

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It is capable of offering a persistent coverage in the 1.5MHz to 60MHz frequency range, and serves as the first highly reliable alternative to satellite communications for beyond line-of-sight data exchange.

Equipped with an internal global positioning system, the radio provides both Citadel and AES encryption and also demonstrates backward compatibility with the Harris Falcon II product line and accessories.

The RF-7850M is a multiband combat-net radio designed to provide forward-deployed teams with a full suite of capabilities to communicate in the 30MHz to 512MHz frequency range.

The lightweight and portable radio offers a new embedded interface that provides users with access to a library of applications that provide situational awareness and tactical messaging, as well as file transferring and radio configuration support from a standard web browser.

Capable of supporting the latest wideband and narrowband networking waveforms, the radio is fully interoperable with the Harris Falcon II and Falcon III families, which are widely used by Nato and other military forces worldwide.

Additional contract details, including the units ordered and delivery schedule, remain undisclosed.

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