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.

George Helm, business president of Harris RF Communications Department of Defense, said the Falcon radios will deliver transformational communication capabilities for SOCOM missions worldwide.

"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).

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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 system is in use with all branches of the US Department of Defense (DoD) and is also adopted by US allies, including the UK, Canada, Germany, Australia and other Nato nations.

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.