Harris radio

Harris has received a contract to supply its Falcon III radio systems to an undisclosed Middle East country, as part of its tactical communications modernisation programme.

Under the $23m contract, Harris will supply a transformational wideband tactical communications system featuring Falcon III radios, accessories and software, as well as service and support to the country’s armed forces.

Integrating a full suite of software-defined radios from the Falcon III RF-7800 family, including RF-7800S, RF-7800M, and RF-7800W high-capacity line-of-sight (HCLOS) radios, the system will provide ground forces with greater command and control and situational awareness through transmission of tactical voice, video and data.

Harris RF Communications International business president Brendan O’Connell said the company would help the country upgrade its traditional tactical communications to modern networked wideband systems.

"These systems provide security forces with critical real-time tactical information in all forms: voice, video, imagery, position location, mapping and more," O’Connell said.

"These systems provide security forces with critical real-time tactical information in all forms: voice, video, imagery, position location, mapping and more."

Equipped with automatic voice conferencing and automatic voice activation (VOX) technology, RF-7800S secure personal radio offers secure, digitised voice and data communications to troops over 2km in challenging urban environments.

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Primarily used for wideband mobile ad-hoc networking, RF-7800M radio sets up critical connection between squad level forces and up-echelon command management platforms by facilitating high-speed flow of real-time battlefield situational awareness information throughout a secure mobile tactical wireless network backbone.

Operating over the 4.4GHz-5.875GHz frequency range, RF-7800W HCLOS radio helps in transmission of command and control, and situational awareness information between headquarters and the battlefield, ensuring availability of mission-critical applications such as real-time video, biometrics, IP telephony and teleconferencing to the soldiers.

The company has not disclosed the number of units ordered and delivery schedule.

Image: A Macedonian Army personnel using Harris radio system. Photo: courtesy of US Air Force, by airman 1st class Nathan Lipscomb/Released.

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