Harris Corporation has been awarded a contract by an undisclosed Middle East customer to supply Falcon III wideband radio systems as part of its developing tactical communications modernisation programme.

Under the terms of the $47m contract, the company will provide units from the Falcon III RF-7800 family of tactical radios, to support a command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) network used by military and security forces.

Radios to be supplied include the RF-7800H wideband high-frequency radio, RF-7800V combat net radio, RF-7800M multiband networking radio and the RF-7800I vehicular intercom systems.

Harris RF Communications Tactical Communications president Brendan O’Connell said: "These systems provide this nation’s forces with critical real-time tactical information and enable seamless communications across the breadth of the entire brigade combat team.

"These systems provide this nation’s forces with critical real-time tactical information."

"Harris Falcon radios are increasingly being integrated into tactical communication systems that connect headquarters to the field through real-time voice, data and ISR feeds."

The RF-5800H is an advanced radio designed to provide troops with reliable and secure beyond-line-of-site terrestrial communications, even in the harshest environmental conditions, such as mountains or urban terrain.

Fully interoperable with the Falcon II radio family, the RF-7800V radio is specifically suited for time critical, battle management system reporting, due to an integrated GPS receiver and Harris’s new BMS waveform architecture.

The radio also features simultaneous voice and data capabilities, true dual-net communications through intuitive dual push-to-talk capability, as well as a free channel search that provides frequency agility in high-noise or radio jamming environments.

Primarily used for wideband mobile ad-hoc networking, the RF-7800M helps commanders make more informed decisions and deploy forces quickly by enabling the transmission of secure voice and high-speed networked data services between squad-level forces and up-echelon command management platforms, from 30MHz to 2GHz.

The RF-7800I is a rugged vehicular intercom system, which provides in-vehicle voice and data communication, tactical network connectivity, as well as battle management system interoperability for users even in the noisiest environments.