Harris Corporation Receives $5.5 Million Order from U.S. Marine Corps for Falcon III Wideband Vehicular Radio Systems

Dec 21, 2010, 09:00 ET from Harris Corporation

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire/ --


  • Adapters extend power of Falcon III radios to variety of vehicles and dismounted personnel
  • Harris wideband radios provide unprecedented situational awareness
  • Falcon III radios becoming standard for advanced tactical communications

Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has received a $5.5 million order from the U.S. Marine Corps  for additional vehicular amplifier adapters for  Falcon III® AN/PRC-117G wideband manpack tactical radios.  The Marines are acquiring the equipment -- which delivers high-speed wideband networking on the move -- in connection with tactical radio modernization.

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 deliver critical real-time information through a man-portable radio that is smaller, lighter and more capable than legacy radios.

The AN/PRC-117G is the first JTRS Software Communications Architecture (SCA)-certified and NSA Type-1 certified wideband manpack radio system.  Harris AN/PRC-117G radios are mounted into the AN/VRC-114 50-watt vehicular amplifier adapters to provide greater power output and connectivity to other networked systems.  The vehicular amplifier adapters recently received the AN/VRC-114 nomenclature from the U.S. Department of Defense.

"This order enables the Marines to extend the power of the AN/PRC-117G to a wide variety of vehicles as well as dismounted personnel," said Brendan O'Connell, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications.  "The AN/PRC-117G is the first certified wideband tactical radio, allowing users access to new combat applications and high-bandwidth networking capabilities that will result in better operational planning and execution.  As a software-defined radio, the AN/PRC-117G offers the flexibility to rapidly deliver on evolving requirements and emerging mission needs."

The AN/PRC-117G manpack radio was developed following the U.S. Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program's Enterprise Business Model (EBM).  The EBM encourages companies to develop next-generation solutions in tactical communications using their own investment capital.  In doing so, the EBM encourages competition, increases innovation, reduces costs and speeds development of important capabilities.

The Falcon III AN/PRC-117G and the entire Falcon III® family of radios are becoming the standard for advanced tactical communications throughout the world, having been widely adopted by the U.S. Department of Defense, federal agencies and key allies such as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.

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.

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