Harris to supply multi-mission radios to an undisclosed African nation

31 March 2016 (Last Updated March 31st, 2016 18:30)

Harris Corporation has received a contract to supply Falcon III multiband, multi-mission radios to an undisclosed African nation.

Harris Corporation has received a contract to supply Falcon III multiband, multi-mission radios to an undisclosed African nation.

Under the $11m deal, the company will provide the customer with the RF-7800H-MP wideband tactical manpack radio, the RF-7850M-HH multiband networking handheld radio, and the RF-7800V-HH VHF Combat Net Radio (CNR).

Harris Communication Systems president Chris Young said: "Harris' Falcon III radios will support the customer's need for simultaneous, secure voice and high-bandwidth data across a wide range of military missions."

"Our strong presence in the region, coupled with our ongoing investment in advancing Falcon solutions, enables us to transition customers from their legacy, voice-dominated tactical radios to networked wideband tactical radios."

"Harris' Falcon III radios will support the customer's need for simultaneous, secure voice and high-bandwidth data across a wide range of military missions."

Weighing less than 4kg, the RF-7800H is designed to transmit video clips, images, maps and other large data files ten times faster than existing HF radios in obstructed-line-of-sight environments, such as mountains and urban terrain.

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

The tactical radio provides next-generation voice and high-speed data communications over long distances, as well as enhances situational awareness.

In a separate development, the company received a $17m order to supply Falcon III multiband networking radios to a Middle Eastern nation as part of a communications modernisation programme.

Earlier this month, the company secured a position on the $12.7bn, multi-award contract to provide handheld, manpack and small form-fit (HMS) radios to the US Army.

Under the terms of the five-year contract, the company will supply Harris AN/PRC-158 multichannel radios for mounted and dismounted manpack configurations.