Harris to supply Falcon radios for undisclosed Middle Eastern customer

9 March 2012 (Last Updated March 9th, 2012 04:30)

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.

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.