Falcon III radio

Harris has been awarded a contract to supply integrated tactical and land mobile radio communication systems to the US Air National Guard (ANG).

The company will deliver a five-channel vehicle communication system that can be used for crucial ground-to-air communications during wartime and domestic emergency responses, including natural disasters.

The system uses Harris’ advanced wideband tactical radio and solutions, including the Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radios, the RF-7800I advanced vehicle intercom system and a Unity XG-100M full-spectrum multiband mobile radio.

Harris RF Communications Department of Defense Business president George Helm said: "This system highlights Harris’ unique ability to integrate tactical and land mobile radio systems that bridge the needs of tactical and civilian responders.

"The system will allow the ANG to quickly respond to calls for assistance, establish communications and coordinate missions with local authorities."

The contract also covers installation, training and ongoing service and support.

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Designed as a software-defined, upgradeable voice and data platform, AN/PRC-117G supports network-enabled operations such as convoy tracking, intelligence reporting and analysis, collaborative communications, route planning and medical evacuation missions.

Providing continuous coverage from the 30MHz to 2GHz frequency range, the portable radio also improves soldiers’ battlefield awareness by enabling simultaneous transmission of voice and data feeds, combat net radio capabilities and connectivity to secure networks.

"The system will allow the ANG to quickly respond to calls for assistance, establish communications and coordinate missions with local authorities."

The RF-7800I system is designed to provide crew with an ability to communicate with each other within the vehicle, simultaneously generating a network backbone capable of efficiently integrating with other vehicular and handheld tactical radio systems.

Manufactured by Harris under licence from WB Electronics, it is a vehicular intercom system designed for in-vehicle voice and data communication and tactical network connectivity, as well as battle management system interoperability for users even in the noisiest environments.

The Unity XG-100M full-spectrum radio, which is reportedly the only mobile on the market that has access to both digital APCO P25 secure and analogue FM communications across VHF, UHF and 700MHz to 800MHz bands, enables responders to communicate with multiple jurisdictions and agencies operating on multiple frequencies and systems.

Image: A Harris Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radio. Photo: courtesy of Daderot.