Harris has received a contract to supply Falcon III wideband tactical radios to an undisclosed military customer in Asia.

Under the terms of the $49m deal, the company will provide an unspecified number of its Falcon III RF-7800H high-frequency wideband manpack radios and RF-7850M multiband handheld radios to the country’s armed forces.

The radios are expected to supply the nation’s security forces with a secure wireless tactical communications network, providing improved line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight voice and data communications.

"The radios are expected to supply the nation’s security forces with a secure wireless tactical communications network."

Harris RF communications international business president Brendan O’Connell said: "This most recent order will support deployment of an integrated tactical area communications system for improved command, control and situational awareness."

Weighing less than 4kg, the RF-7800H is designed to help soldiers transmit video clips, images, maps and other large data files in obstructed line-of-sight mission environments, including mountains and urban terrain, at ten times the data rate compared with existing HF radios.

The radio is capable of offering persistent coverage in the 1.5MHz to 60MHz frequency range, and serves as the first highly-reliable alternative to satellite communications for beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) data exchange.

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Equipped with an internal global positioning system (GPS), the RF-7800H contains both citadel and AES encryption, and also demonstrates backward compatibility with the Harris Falcon II HF product line and accessories.

Interoperable with the Harris Falcon II family of HF and VHF radios, the RF-7850M multiband combat-net radio (CNR) provides forward-deployed teams with a full suite of capabilities to communicate in the 30MHz to 512MHz frequency range.

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