Harris bags Small Tactical Terminal’s follow-on production contract

5 May 2015 (Last Updated May 5th, 2015 18:30)

Harris has received a contract for follow-on production contract for its portion of production the KOR-24A Small Tactical Terminal (STT).

Harris has received a contract for follow-on production contract for its portion of production the KOR-24A Small Tactical Terminal (STT).

Developed in collaboration with ViaSat, the STT is a two-channel radio designed to provide real-time situational awareness, location data, and command and control to the soldiers at the tactical edge of the battlefield.

The additional $10m contract brings the overall contract value for Harris to more than $25m since 2010.

Harris Government Communications Systems Defence Programmes vice-president and general manager Ed Zoiss said: "The STT leverages innovative and proven tactical communications expertise from both ViaSat and Harris.

"It is built upon ViaSat's rich heritage in Link16 terminals and utilises a software communications architecture based on the Harris Falcon III AN / PRC-152(C) multiband handheld radio."

"The STT leverages innovative and proven tactical communications expertise from both ViaSat and Harris."

The terminal has been designed to meet the needs of users who have size, weight, and power constraints, but need the information available on Link 16 networks and tactical very high-frequency / ultra-high-frequency (VHF/UHF) radios, such as the Soldier Radio Waveform and the Harris Adaptive Networking Wideband Waveform.

Ruggedised to meet demanding environmental requirements, STT provides two simultaneous radio channels in a smaller chassis than previous terminals, making Link 16 communications available to space-constrained, mobile-ground and light-aircraft platforms, unmanned aerial vehicles, and small boats.

Designed for use with multiple computers in a range of applications, the NSA-certified terminal can be used to bridge the gap in users' awareness between the air picture provided by Tactical Digital Information Link J / Link 16 and the ground picture provided by other VHF / UHF data link formats.

The STT is currently available to select nations with the approval from the US Government.