The US Army has awarded a contract to Harris for the delivery of its Falcon III radios in support of the service’s handheld, manpack, and small form-fit (HMS) Manpack programme test events.

The radio has been selected by the army for evaluation during its Field-Based Risk Reduction (FBRR) and Operational Test (OT) programmes.

Under the delivery order, which was received during the first quarter of Harris' fiscal 2018, the company will supply its AN/PRC-158 multi-channel radio, both in dismounted and mounted manpack configurations.

The company will also deliver vehicle installation kits, ancillaries, training and field service representative support.

Harris Communication Systems Tactical Communications president Brendan O'Connell said: “The army is partnering with Harris to modernise its communication capabilities to support the growing need for information on the battlefield.

"The HMS Manpack is critical to these modernisation efforts and gives warfighters a tactical advantage."

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"The army is partnering with Harris to modernise its communication capabilities to support the growing need for information on the battlefield."

Delivery of the first radios is expected to take place in the spring of 2018.

Integrated with the ability to cross-band voice and data, the multichannel Falcon III HMS Manpack radio provides superior security and mission flexibility for the battlefield.

The radio features a two-channel, software-defined architecture that hosts waveforms, a single-channel ground and airborne radio system, and mobile user objective system satellite communications, while maintaining backward interoperability with legacy waveforms.

The open flexible architecture enables the addition of software updates to respond to future threats.

Image: US Army personnel using manpack radios. Photo: courtesy of Harris.