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February 25, 2009

Harris introduces Falcon RF-7800I tactical intercom system

Digital intercom system to provide voice and data connectivity among vehicle crew members

By CBR Staff Writer

Harris has introduced the Falcon RF-7800I tactical intercom system, a modular platform for in-vehicle voice and data communication, tactical network connectivity, and battle management system interoperability.

According to the company, the new digital intercom system provides voice and data connectivity among vehicle crew members, while also creating a network backbone that centralizes access to and control of all vehicular communication systems.

Harris claims that the RF-7800I features a modular, customizable architecture designed to adapt to specific vehicle configurations or mission requirements. The system’s capabilities range from voice-only communication among vehicle crew members, to voice and data networking that is interoperable with the full family of Harris Falcon tactical radios.

The core of the RF-7800I intercom system is the central unit which supplies power, plus voice and data, for up to 10 vehicle crew member stations. In addition, the central unit enables connectivity between the intercom system and up to four tactical radios. The central unit can also distribute alarm and status information throughout the vehicle vetronics system. Data input devices such as ruggedized PCs can be connected directly to the central unit via ethernet TCP/IP interfaces.

Other mission-specific components include a telephone and alarm unit that allows vehicles equipped with the RF-7800I to connect directly to a field phone or PBX, and a speaker amplifier that broadcasts intercom or tactical radio communications throughout the vehicle over a broadband speaker, said Harris.

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