Harris has received a contract to provide comprehensive technical and logistics support for the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) tactical radio systems.
Under the $55m contract, the company will provide maintenance, training, warehouse and distribution, and engineering support under a turnkey, performance-based contracting model to support the Joint Project 2072 Battlespace Communications programme.
Harris RF Communications Asia-Pacific managing director and international sales vice-president Alan Callaghan said: "The wide-ranging technical and logistics support will optimise the investment the Australian government has made in Harris tactical radios and strengthen our long-term, collaborative relationship."
The ADF currently uses Harris Falcon III multiband, multi-mode radios in manpack, handheld, and vehicular configurations for wideband tactical networking capabilities, as well as line-of-sight, ground-to-air, and tactical satellite communications.
The radios are Falcon III AN/PRC-152(C) and Falcon II AN/PRC-150(C) models, which have been supplied by Harris under the Joint Project 2072 Battlespace Communications programme.
The AN/PRC-152(C) provides voice and data capabilities over the 30MHz to 512MHz frequency range and supports single channel ground and airborne radio system, Havequick II, very-high-frequency / ultra-high-frequency, AM and FM, APCO P25 and both DAMA, as well as the new integrated waveform for satellite communications.
Claimed to be the most widely deployed Joint Tactical Radio System Software Communications Architecture-certified and National Security Agency (NSA) Type-1 certified handheld radio, the AN/PRC-152(C) is secured by the Harris Sierra II software-programmable encryption module.
To date, Harris has delivered more than 160,000 units to the US, Nato, and other allied forces worldwide.
Equipped with a removable keypad /display unit, the Falcon II AN/PRC-150(C) is the only high-frequency radio to offer NSA-certified Type-1 information security, providing soldiers with secure voice and data communications in the 1.6MHz to 60MHz frequency range, even in harsh conditions.