USSOCOM orders additional Falcon III wideband radios from Harris

15 April 2015 (Last Updated April 15th, 2015 18:30)

Harris has been awarded a contract to supply additional Falcon III wideband manpack and handheld tactical radios to the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

Harris has been awarded a contract to supply additional Falcon III wideband manpack and handheld tactical radios to the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

Under the terms of $27m contract, the company will supply its Falcon III AN/PRC-117G manpack and AN/PRC-152A handheld radios to USSOCOM as it continues to deploy its National Security Agency (NSA)-accredited wideband tactical communications network.

Harris RF communications department of defence business president George Helm said: "The Harris Falcon III radios enable the SOF to stay connected wherever the tactical edge happens to be.

"Our products support SOF-unique capabilities and include a full suite of DoD waveforms to provide interoperability across all branches of the US Department of Defense."

The radios are anticipated to enable special operations forces to extend secure wideband networking to the tactical edge, in addition to providing critical terrestrial and ground-to-air communications.

"The Harris Falcon III radios enable the SOF to stay connected wherever the tactical edge happens to be."

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.

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, NSA-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 capability, enabling tasks such as transmitting and receiving voice, 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 demonstrates interoperability with legacy narrowband line of sight and SATCOM waveforms in the 30MHz to 512MHz range.

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