Harris has received a contract for the supply of its Falcon III family of radio systems to the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to help address its requirements for next-generation tactical communications.
The $400m indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract was awarded as part of the Capital Equipment Replacement Programme, which represents a short-term step in the modernisation of the command’s tactical radio inventory.
Under the terms of the contract, the company will supply AN/PRC-117G manpack and AN/PRC-152 handheld radio systems, along with field support services, to the USSOCOM.
"Our Falcon III family provides enhanced situational awareness by providing a system solution that meets the need for integrated tactical communications and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities," Helm added.
The Falcon III AN/PRC-117G radio features a software-defined upgradable voice and data platform that supports network-enabled missions such as convoy tracking, mission operations planning and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC).
The US joint tactical radio system (JTRS) Software Communications Architecture certified and NSA type-1 certified wideband manpack radio system enables dismounted and vehicular warfighters to communicate through voice, video and data in real time on the battlefield.
The AN/PRC-152 is a single-channel, multiband, multi-mission, handheld radio designed to support the mission requirements of warfighters by delivering secure, real-time information and communication at all points of need during coordination, combat, and crisis.
AN/PRC-152 also features SINCGARS, VHF/UHF line-of-sight, Have Quick, IW for tactical satellite communications and other combat net radio waveforms.
Harris is also planning to integrate the Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) into the radio in late 2012.