Harris RF Communications division has been awarded a contract for the supply of its Falcon family of tactical radio systems for transmitting voice and data to the battlefield and software to an undisclosed Middle Eastern customer.

Under the $10.7m contract, the company will supply its Falcon III RF-7800S body-worn secure personal radio, RF-7800V VHF combat net radio, RF-7800W high-capacity line-of-sight (HCLOS) radio, RF-5800M multiband and RF-5800H high-frequency tactical radios in addition to its FalconCommand situational awareness software.

Harris RF Communications International Business president Brendan O’Connell said the Falcon radio systems and software will deliver mission-critical voice and data communications to the nation’s armed forces in support of a range of missions.

The radios and software are expected to provide tactical line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight communications and situational awareness capabilities.

Weighing less than 600g, the RF-7800S radios offer soldiers voice and wideband data communications in theatre and is optimised for maximum performance across highly variable environments.

The radios feature a duplex voice capability that allows several soldiers to talk simultaneously, advanced waveform with the 350MHz to 450MHz frequency band and a range of more than 2km.

The RF-7800V is claimed to be the world’s fastest VHF combat net radio system, covering a frequency range from 30MHz to 108MHz and supports data at speeds up to 192Kbps.

The tactical radio provides next-generation voice and high-speed data communications over longer distances as well as enhancing command and control and situational awareness.

The RF-7800W HCLOS radio provides quick-to-deploy, point-to-point or point-to-multipoint wireless IP infrastructure, enabling high-bandwidth data communication between mobile or fixed operations centers.

The HCLOS radio enables bandwidth-intensive applications including group situational awareness, real-time streaming video, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) and video conferencing.

The RF-5800M-HH is an advanced, multi-band, multi-mission handheld radio that provides voice and data in the frequency range of 30 MHz to 512 MHz, while the RF-5800H high-frequency manpack radio offers secure, reliable beyond-line-of-site terrestrial communications.