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Harris to supply Falcon III wideband tactical radios to Australian military

US soldiers using an AN / PRC-117G radio during radio operator training at Forward Operating Base Walton in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Photo US Army.


18 December 2014 army-technology.com


Harris has received a contract to supply Falcon III tactical radios capable of delivering reliable and secure Type-1 tactical voice and data communications to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).


The $38m contract was awarded by the Australian Department of Defence's Defence Materiel Organisation in support of JP2097 project.


The project delivers enhancements to networked communications to meet special operations command land mobility and command, control and communications (C3) requirements.


Under the contract, the company will supply AN / PRC-152A handheld and AN / PRC-117G manpack radios to provide ADF soldiers with wideband tactical networking capabilities, as well as line-of-sight, ground-to-air and tactical satellite communications.


The wideband network allows operators to send and receive tactical voice, video and data, resulting in enhanced situational awareness and real-time intelligence.


Harris RF Communications International Business president Brendan O'Connell said: "This order complements the significant capabilities of Australia's JP 2072 program and expands our ongoing collaboration with the Australian Department of Defence.


"Harris Falcon radios provide the ADF with wideband capabilities, a broad suite of interoperable waveforms and the ability to easily accommodate future Joint Tactical Radio Systems waveforms."


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 widely fielded wideband networking radio AN / PRC-117G is the first Joint Tactical Radio System software communications architecture-certified, National Security Agency (NSA) Type-1 certified manpack radio system deployed by all branches of US Department of Defense.


AN / PRC-152A is designed to provide simultaneous voice and high-speed data services on the move in 225MHz to 450MHz range.


The two radios are also expected to provide users with interoperability through legacy narrowband waveforms. Harris supplied more than 35,000 AN / PRC-117G and 20,000 AN / PRC-152A radios to customers worldwide.

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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 17:20
Harris’s Falcon III radio completes interoperability testing with MUOS



21 March 2014 naval-technology.com


Harris's Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radio, hosting the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) waveform, has successfully completed initial interoperability testing.


The test, conducted at the Joint Tactical Networking Center MUOS Reference Implementation Laboratory in San Diego, California, US, demonstrated interoperability with the addition of MUOS software to AN/PRC-117G radios, without modification from their standard hardware configurations.


The US Navy's MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system capable of enhancing ground communications for US forces on the move.


In addition to providing cellular-based service through tactical radios, the MUOS offers more communications capability for military users over existing systems, including simultaneous voice, video and data - similar to the capabilities experienced today with smart phones.

"Simple software upgrades will bring MUOS to more than 30,000 AN/PRC-117G radios already in use, giving the DoD the most cost-effective solution for rapidly transitioning its tactical satellite radio inventory to support this important new capability."


Harris RF Communications Department of Defense business president George Helm said that the company is rapidly delivering on its commitment to provide the MUOS waveform in AN/PRC-117G tactical radios.


"Simple software upgrades will bring MUOS to more than 30,000 AN/PRC-117G radios already in use, giving the DoD the most cost-effective solution for rapidly transitioning its tactical satellite radio inventory to support this important new capability," Helm added.


In order to provide a new and more capable UHF military satellite communication system, the MUOS uses a commercial 3G Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) cellular technology with geosynchronous satellites.


A new round of tests of the AN/PRC-117G is scheduled to commence at the US government MUOS system integration labs in Arizona, US.


Last year, the radio successfully completed separate on-air tests in San Diego and near the North Pole.

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