AN/PRC-117 radio

Harris has been awarded a contract for supply of its Falcon III multiband communication systems to the Poland Ministry of National Defence (MoD), under the next phase of its tactical radio modernisation programme.

As part of the $61m contract, the company will supply its Falcon III AN/PRC-117G manpack and AN/PRC-152A handheld radios to help Polish MoD enhance communication with coalition partners.

Equipped with the Harris Adaptive Networking Wideband Waveform (ANW2), the two radios will offer secure wideband combat net radio, tactical satellite and ground-to-air communications to the Polish armed forces.

Specifically, the ANW2 will allow military forces to use a range of advanced battle management applications, including collaborative chat, streaming video and intelligence collection.

Harris RF Communications international business president Brendan O’Connell said the Falcon III radios would help Polish military personnel establish seamless communications with US and NATO forces during joint combat missions.

"Our radios unite the forces by making it easier to exchange voice, data and situational awareness, even while on the move,” O’Connell said.

Offering continuous coverage in the 30MHz to 2GHz frequency range, Falcon III AN/PRC-117G radio is a software-defined, upgradable voice and data platform designed to support network-enabled operations such as convoy tracking, intelligence reporting and analysis, collaborative chat, route planning and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) missions.

"Our radios unite the forces by making it easier to exchange voice, data and situational awareness, even while on the move."

Integrated with the soldier radio waveform (SRW), AN/PRC-117G represents the first joint tactical radio system (JTRS) software communications architecture-certified, NSA Type-1 certified manpack radio system deployed by all branches of the US Department of Defense (Dod).

Interoperable with legacy narrowband line of sight (LOS) and SATCOM waveforms, AN/PRC-152A is a wideband networking handheld designed to provide simultaneous voice and high-speed data services on the move to troops in the 30MHz-512MHz range.

More than 40,000 AN/PRC-117G and AN/PRC-152A radios are currently operational with all branches of the DoD and over 15 allied nations worldwide.

Number of units ordered and delivery schedule has not been disclosed by the company.

Image: A US Marine uses a AN/PRC-117 radio and SATCOM antenna aboard USS Nassau. Photo: courtesy of US Navy, by mass communication specialist 1st class Leslie L Tomaino (Released).

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