The US Army will validate the Harris-built Falcon III family of radio systems during the forthcoming network integration evaluation (NIE) at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico from 11 May to 8 June.

The testing will involve the deployment of more than 500 Falcon III radios, including AN/PRC-117G, AN/PRC-152A, AN/PRC-152A Applique systems and RF-7800W wideband radios in various configurations.

Harris RF Communications government business development vice president retired US Army major general Dennis Moran said the Falcon III systems would provide the backbone to the network in configurations that will soon be deployed to the first Army brigade combat teams.

"Our radios have proven their reliability and security in the lab, in previous NIE exercises and on the battlefield, offering the Army an affordable, low-risk solution for this important set of communication requirements," Moran added.

During NIE 12.2, the radios will be installed in more than 400 military vehicles, including M1 Abrams Tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles, high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWVs), as well as mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) and MRAP all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).

"Our radios have proven their reliability and security in the lab, in previous NIE exercises and on the battlefield."

The soldiers deployed to the exercise area will also carry AN/PRC-117G radios in their rucksacks.

The exercise will evaluate the two-channel wideband AN/VRC-114 vehicular system, which uses AN/PRC-117G radios to transfer cross-domain networked information between classified and unclassified networks, enabling seamless data traffic flow from dismounted soldiers to the commanders.

The AN/PRC-117G, AN/PRC-152A and AN/PRC-152A Appliqué will operate the soldier radio waveform (SRW) during the evaluation, while adaptive networking wideband waveform revision C (ANW2C), operating on AN/PRC-117G radios will also be validated by the army during the testing.

Proven in both combat and prior NIE events, Harris Falcon III radios connect dismounted soldiers to commander-level networks for real-time situational awareness and decision-making by bridging disparate networks across the entire battlefield exercise.