Harris to supply Falcon III tactical radios to undisclosed Middle East nation

18 August 2015 (Last Updated August 18th, 2015 18:30)

Harris has secured a contract to supply its RF-7800 series of Falcon III multiband, multi-mission radios to an undisclosed country in the Middle East.

Harris has secured a contract to supply its RF-7800 series of Falcon III multiband, multi-mission radios to an undisclosed country in the Middle East.

Awarded as part of the customer's continued modernisation effort, the $11m contract covers the supply of the RF-7800H-MP wideband tactical manpack radio and the RF-7850M-HH multiband networking handheld radio.

The order is part of the country's initiative to transition from conventional voice radios to high-bandwidth tactical communication systems.

Harris Communication Systems Tactical Communications president Brendan O'Connell said: "These radios support the customer's operational requirements for simultaneous, secure voice, and high-bandwidth data across a wide range of military missions.

"These radios support the customer's operational requirements for simultaneous, secure voice, and high-bandwidth data."

"Our continued investment in the Falcon portfolio, supported by our strong presence in the region, enables us to transition customers from legacy voice-dominated tactical radios to networked wideband tactical radios."

The RF-7800H-MP radio will deliver expanded data capabilities in long-range, beyond-line-of-sight environments, while the RF-7850M-HH is said to be the first international radio to offer wideband communications and mobile, ad-hoc networking along with legacy narrowband waveforms.

Fully interoperable with Harris Falcon II HF radios, the RF-7800H-MP radio enables soldiers to send and receive images and other large data files, in addition to voice over distances that extend into the thousands of kilometres.

The RF-7850M-HH is a software defined radio and is designed to allow for long range inter-squad and ground-to-air communications, by providing continuous coverage in the 30MHz to 512 MHz frequency range with up to 10W of output power.

Additional contract details, including the number of radios ordered and their delivery schedule remain undisclosed.