USSOCOM to receive additional Harris Falcon III tactical radios

14 January 2013 (Last Updated January 14th, 2013 03:45)

Harris has been awarded a contract for the delivery of additional Falcon III multiband manpack radios and accessories to the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

Harris has been awarded a contract for the delivery of additional Falcon III multiband manpack radios and accessories to the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

Under the terms of the $7m contract, Harris will supply an undisclosed number of its combat proven Falcon III AN/PRC-117G radio systems in an effort to enhance the tactical communication capabilities of the USSOCOM.

Harris RF Communications Department of Defense business president George Helm said the radio would enable USSOCOM personnel to use high-speed data, voice and real-time video to meet its command and control and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance requirements.

"Widely deployed across all branches of the US Department of Defense, the AN/PRC-117G meets emerging mission requirements by providing unprecedented situational awareness for dismounted and vehicular warfighters."

"Widely deployed across all branches of the US Department of Defense, the AN/PRC-117G meets emerging mission requirements by providing unprecedented situational awareness for dismounted and vehicular warfighters," Helm said.

The Falcon III AN/PRC-117G radio is a software-defined, upgradable voice and data platform designed to enhance the soldier's situational awareness by enabling network-enabled operations, such as convoy tracking, intelligence reporting and analysis, collaborative chat, route planning and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) missions in the battlefield.

AN/PRC-117G is the first joint tactical radio system (JTRS) software communications architecture-certified, NSA Type-1 certified manpack radio system used by all branches of the US Department of Defense (DoD).

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

To date, more than 25,000 AN/PRC-117G radios have been delivered by Harris to all three branches of the DoD and its allies, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and several other Nato countries.

The radios have also been used by the US military as a secure wideband tactical networking platform in Afghanistan since 2009.