MELBOURNE, Fla. and ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
- Radios deliver interoperable voice and data communications to airmen.
- Manpack radio is lighter and more portable for ground-to-ground, ground-to-air and air-to-ground communications.
- Further expands base of Falcon III® radios that provide secure voice, video and data in real-time to U.S. forces at the tactical edge.
Harris Corporation (NYSE : HRS ), an international communications and information technology company, has received $29 million in orders from the U.S. Air Force for Falcon III® AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radios. The AN/PRC-117G will provide the Air Force with lighter, more portable radio systems in support of network-enabled missions such as fires coordination and precision air support.
The AN/PRC-117G is a first-of-its-kind radio that will provide individual airmen with interoperable voice and wideband data communications for use in ground-to-ground, ground-to-air and air-to-ground applications. The radio also delivers vast improvements in size, weight and power, along with connectivity to wider battlefield networks.
"The AN/PRC-117G is the ideal radio for Air Force teams, including those supporting joint combat missions,'' said Brendan O'Connell, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications. "The radio enables users to communicate with other ground units as well as airborne platforms for enhanced air support and situational awareness. The AN/PRC-117G also provides the Air Force with wideband networking capabilities for emerging mission requirements."
The field-proven AN/PRC-117G, deployed by all branches of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), provides unprecedented situational awareness on the battlefield by delivering critical real-time information to warfighters on the move. Software-defined and upgradeable, the radio enables mobile ad-hoc networking, voice and high-bandwidth data applications. These capabilities support a growing number of network-enabled missions such as intelligence reporting and analysis, collaborative chat, route planning, MEDEVAC, convoy tracking and checkpoint biometrics.
The AN/PRC-117G is the first wideband manpack radio system to receive both JTRS Software Communications Architecture and NSA Type-1 certification. With its fully integrated and NSA-certified High Assurance Internet Protocol Equipment (HAIPE) networking encryption, the AN/PRC-117G provides the highest level of information assurance available to tactical units.
Harris has shipped more than 10,000 AN/PRC-117G radios to the U.S. DoD and allies such as Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, other NATO nations and Australia. The radio was developed following the JTRS Enterprise Business Model (EBM). The EBM encourages companies to develop next-generation solutions in tactical communications using their own investment capital to integrate JTRS waveform software. In doing so, the EBM stimulates competition, increases innovation, and reduces cost through software re-use.
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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