MELBOURNE, Fla. and ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
- Providing multiband, multi-mission, software-defined radios to Country in central Asia to support interoperable communications in coalition operations.
- Radios utilize Suite B encryption algorithms to provide secure voice and data transmissions up to SECRET-level classification.
- Improved interoperability provides enhanced coordination and mission planning, while reducing risk of friendly fire.
Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has received a $10 million order to provide RF-310M-HH multiband handheld software-defined radios to a central Asian nation in support of interoperable secure communications with coalition partners.
The RF-310M is the first tactical radio certified by the National Security Agency as compatible with new Suite B encryption algorithms, which protect voice and data transmissions up to U.S. SECRET level of classification. The RF-310M is considered a non-cryptographically controlled item (non-CCI), utilizing Type-1 Suite B encryption algorithms to provide secure classified SECRET and below voice and data transmissions. This allows for secure interoperable communications at the SECRET level and below between U.S. forces and their coalition partners. The RF-310M radio is interoperable with tactical radios such as the Falcon III® AN/PRC152(C) handheld and Falcon III AN/PRC-117G manpack that use both Suite A and Suite B encryption.
"The RF-310M-HH is a significant solution to the challenges of military coalition communications," said Andy Start, president, international business unit, Harris RF Communications. "As coalitions work together to establish safety and security, one of the biggest obstacles is common interoperable secure communications. The RF-310M-HH addresses that need. Coalition forces benefit from improved coordination, easier mission planning, and reduced instances of friendly fire."
The RF-310M-HH radio uses the Sierra IIB programmable encryption module, certified by the NSA in June 2009. In addition to allowing secure interoperation with other tactical radios, the RF-310M-HH is also capable of hosting the APCO P25 waveform. This waveform provides interoperability with radios used by police and other emergency response organizations, allowing the RF-310M-HH to span the gap between tactical and public safety networks. With its programmable encryption technology, Software Communications Architecture (SCA) and coverage of the entire 30-512 MHz frequency range, the RF-310M-HH addresses interoperability challenges presented in coalition and inter-agency operations. The RF-310M also offers optional 762 to 870 MHz coverage.
Harris RF Communications is the leading global supplier of secure radio communications and embedded high-grade encryption solutions for military, government and commercial organizations. The company's Falcon® family of software-defined tactical radio systems encompasses manpack, handheld and vehicular applications. Falcon III® is the next generation of radios supporting the U.S. military's Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) requirements, as well as network-centric operations worldwide. Harris RF Communications is also a leading supplier of assured communications® systems and equipment for public safety, utility and transportation markets — with products ranging from the most advanced IP voice and data networks to portable and mobile single- and multiband radios.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $6 billion of annual revenue and more than 16,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect management's current expectations, assumptions and estimates of future performance and economic conditions. Such statements are made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and future trends to differ materially from those matters expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements about the expected value of the program to Harris are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties. Harris disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
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