Harris Corporation Receives $11 Million in Orders from Government of France for Falcon III Multiband Manpack and Handheld Tactical Radios

Mar 10, 2011, 13:00 ET from Harris Corporation

MELBOURNE, Fla. and ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

Highlights:

  • Harris Falcon III tactical manpack and handheld radios to be used in Afghanistan.
  • Radios to provide French Armed Forces with improved coalition interoperability and wideband networking capabilities.
  • Orders expand international adoption of Falcon III line.

Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has received $11 million in orders from the French Procurement Agency (Direction Generale de l'Armement – DGA) for Falcon III® multiband manpack and handheld tactical radios – further expanding the adoption of the company's next-generation radio technology by international military forces.

Under the orders, Harris will provide French forces with its AN/PRC-117G wideband networking radios, associated AN/VRC-114 vehicular amplifier adapters and other accessories.  The AN/PRC-117G provides mobile ad-hoc networking to both dismounted and vehicular users.  The first deployment will be to French forces in Afghanistan in support of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) for interoperability with other coalition members.  France is the fifth country, including the United States, to adopt the AN/PRC-117G to provide next-generation wideband networking communication capabilities.

France has also acquired Harris' Falcon III AN/PRC-152(C) tactical handheld radio systems.  The AN/PRC-152(C) is the most widely deployed Software Communications Architecture-compliant handheld radio, with more than 130,000 units deployed around the world.

"The growing adoption of Falcon III tactical radios internationally is driving significant new communication capabilities to more forces at the tactical edge," said Andy Start, president, international business unit, Harris RF Communications.  "The Falcon III platform provides interoperable voice and wideband data communications, delivering enhanced situational awareness and new command and control capabilities that are critical for mission success on today's battlefield."

The AN/PRC-117G radio provides warfighters with unprecedented situational awareness of the battlefield by enabling applications such as streaming video, simultaneous voice and data feeds, collaborative chat, and connectivity to secure networks.  The wideband networking capabilities of the AN/PRC-117G give warfighters critical real-time information through a man-portable radio that is significantly smaller and lighter than previous radios.

The AN/PRC-152(C) provides handheld communications capabilities for portable line-of-sight and beyond line-of-sight applications.  The radio also serves as the dismountable transceiver in the AN/VRC-110 vehicular amplifier adapter system.

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 $5 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.

Forward-Looking Statements

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