AN/PRC-117G radio

Harris has been awarded a contract to supply its Falcon III family of tactical communication systems to the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.

Under the $40m contract, the company will deliver several different models from its Falcon III family, along with logistical and customer field support services to the military.

Serving as part of a broader tactical communications system, the radios will provide soldiers with high-performance line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight voice and data communications, including wideband networking capabilities in the battlefield.

Commenting on the contract, Harris RF Communications international business president Brendan O’Connell said the radio systems would create a secure communications backbone for the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and its modernisation programme.

"These tactical systems will enhance situational awareness and speed decision-making," O’Connell said.

Although the radio types ordered remained undisclosed, Harris’s Falcon III radios provide wideband networking capabilities that include AN/PRC-152A, AN/PRC-117G, RF-330E-TR wideband team radio, RF-7800W high-capacity line of sight (HCLOS) radio, and RF-7800H, as well as RF-7800V VHF Combat Net Radio.

"These tactical systems will enhance situational awareness and speed decision-making."

The AN/PRC-152A radio provides handheld wideband tactical networking capabilities, enabling soldiers to send and receive voice, video, images and data for mission planning, intelligence gathering, force protection and checkpoint security.

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

The RF-330E-TR radio enhance situational awareness of every squad member by allowing them to share and access Type 1 secret and below information, while the RF-7800W establishes wide-area battlefield networks that connect brigade and battalion headquarters to forward-deployed units at company level and below.

The delivery schedule has not been disclosed by the company.

Image: A Harris AN/PRC-117G radio used by US Army personnel during radio operator training at Forward Operating Base Walton in Kahdahar province, Afghanistan. Photo: courtesy of US Army.

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