Harris Corporation Receives $9.6 Million Order to Deliver First Type-1 Suite B Handheld Tactical Radios to Coalition Forces

New RF-310M will Provide International Security Assistance Force with Improved Communications Interoperability

Oct 01, 2010, 09:00 ET from Harris Corporation

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has received a $9.6 million order for the Harris RF-310M-HH, a new handheld tactical radio designed to simplify and improve secure communications interoperability for U.S. and allied forces in combat.

Harris is supplying RF-310M-HH multiband, multi-mission, software-defined radios under the U.S. Department of Defense Coalition Readiness Support Program to provide secure communications interoperability to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.  The RF-310M-HH is the first NSA Type-1, Suite-B certified tactical radio for protecting voice and data transmissions up to SECRET level classification.

This capability will enable secure communication between coalition units using RF-310M-HH radios and U.S. forces using either RF-310M-HH or other Suite B tactical radio products, such as the Falcon III® AN/PRC-152(C) handheld and AN/PRC-117G manpack radios.  The AN/PRC-152 and AN/PRC-117G radios contain both U.S. Type-1 Suite A and Suite B encryption, providing secure interoperability with the RF-310M-HH in support of various operational scenarios.

"The RF-310M-HH was developed in response to the increased use of multi-national coalitions on today's battlefield," said Steve Marschilok, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications.  "Nations in these coalitions utilize many different types of radios, each with their own sovereign encryption technologies, making inter-coalition communication a challenge.  The RF-310M-HH provides a bridge to simplify how forces from different countries communicate, which results in improved coordination, easier mission planning, and reduced risk of casualties due to 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 also hosts the APCO P25 waveform.  The P25 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 is the ideal solution to interoperability challenges presented in coalition operations.

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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