Harris has received a contract from the US Department of Defense (DoD) to modernise the capabilities of the national military’s soldier radio waveform (SRW).

The $9m contract was awarded under the 2012 SRW software in-service support indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract.

Under the contract, Harris will integrate several features that will make SRW software to connect to wider range of radios, thereby reducing the development costs.

Harris will develop enhancements that will be placed in the Joint Tactical Networking Center’s (JTNC) information repository (IR), which facilitates software re-use in DoD’s tactical communication systems.

Developed under DoD’s joint tactical radio system (JTRS) programme, the SRW is an open-standard voice and data waveform designed to provide soldiers with voice, data and mobile ad-hoc networking capabilities on the battlefield.

Harris RF Communications Department of Defense business president, George Helm, said the enhancements represent first of many improvements that will strengthen the performance of SRW and address evolving mission requirements.

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"Harris will integrate several features that will make SRW software to connect to wider range of radios, thereby reducing the development costs."

"The US government is leveraging Harris’ leadership and expertise in tactical communications to provide the warfighter with greater operational capability in wideband networking,” Helm said.

The majority of the features are expected to simplify the operation and management of the SRW network, in addition to broadening the waveform’s capabilities for wideband networking.

Harris claims to hold industry-leading expertise in SRW, including waveform porting, testing, validation and certification processes.

The company’s Falcon III AN/PRC-117G and AN/PRC-152A are JTRS and National Security Agency (NSA) Type-1 are certified for SRW implementation, and have also been integrated with the JTRS Joint Enterprise Network Manager to ensure interoperability with tactical radios developed by other vendors.

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