Undisclosed Nato country orders Falcon III wideband radios from Harris

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

Harris has been awarded a contract to supply its Falcon III manpack and handheld tactical radios to an undisclosed Nato country.

PRC-117G radio

Harris has been awarded a contract to supply its Falcon III manpack and handheld tactical radios to an undisclosed Nato country.

Under the terms of $25m contract, the company will supply Falcon III AN/PRC-117G manpack and AN/PRC-152A handheld radios to help enhance the interoperability of secure communications for the country's armed forces.

Harris RF communications, tactical communications president Brendan O'Connell said: "Harris' field-proven Falcon III products and systems continue to meet the growing demands for wideband data and tactical networking in countries around the world.

"Our radios seamlessly connect Nato and allied forces by making it easier to securely exchange voice, data and situational awareness, even while on the move."

The Falcon III AN/PRC-117G radio is a software-defined, upgradable voice and data platform designed to support network-enabled operations, such as convoy tracking, intelligence reporting and analysis, collaborative chat, route planning and medical evacuation missions.

"Our radios seamlessly connect Nato and allied forces by making it easier to securely exchange voice, data and situational awareness."

Offering continuous coverage in the 30MHz to 2GHz frequency range, the wideband networking radio is claimed to be the first joint tactical radio system software communications architecture-certified, National Security Agency Type-1 certified manpack radio system deployed by all branches of the US Department of Defense.

The AN/PRC-152A radios offer handheld wideband tactical networking capabilit, enabling tasks such as transmitting and receivingvoice, video, images and data for mission planning, intelligence gathering, force protection and checkpoint security.

Designed to provide simultaneous voice and high-speed data services on the move in the 225MHz to 450MHz range, the radio incorporates interoperability with legacy narrowband line of sight and SATCOM waveforms, including the single channel ground and airborne radio system, Havequick II, and VHF/UHF AM and FM in the 30MHz to 512MHz range.

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


Image: A Harris Falcon III AN/PRC-117G radio in the National Cryptologic Museum at Fort Meade, Maryland, US. Photo: courtesy of Daderot.