US DoD orders Harris Falcon III tactical radio accessories kits

29 October 2012 (Last Updated October 29th, 2012 03:45)

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has placed orders with Harris to supply tactical radio accessory kits for the Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radio.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has placed orders with Harris to supply tactical radio accessory kits for the Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radio.

Under the $6m order, Harris will deliver kits for the US Army to enable troops to extend in-vehicle voice and data communications using the embedded L-Band functionality radios.

"Harris will deliver kits for the US Army to enable troops to extend in-vehicle voice and data communications using the embedded L-Band functionality radios."

The kits also widen the usage of Falcon III wideband radios applications in support of next-generation battlefield networking requirements, delivering enhanced situational awareness by connecting soldiers to the tactical internet.

Harris RF communications department of defence business president George Helm said the company would remain committed to address both current and emerging requirements for enhancing battlefield communications.

The 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.

Offering continuous coverage in the 30MHz to 2GHz frequency range, the widely fielded wideband networking radio AN/PRC-117G is the first JTRS software communications architecture-certified, NSA Type-1 certified manpack radio system deployed by all branches of the US DoD.

Integrated with the soldier radio waveform (SRW), the tactical radio not only broadens its interoperability with current radios but also ensures compatibility with future platforms operating JTRS waveforms.

The system and other Falcon III radios have also been adopted by US allies including the UK, Canada, Germany, Australia and other Nato countries.