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February 19, 2009

Harris wins $18m order from US Air Force

To expand the use of high-bandwidth data applications

By CBR Staff Writer

Harris has won a $18m order from the US Air Force Special Operations Command’s Battlefield Air Operations office for the Falcon III AN/PRC-117G wideband tactical radio system. The Air Force is acquiring the AN/PRC-117G to expand the use of high-bandwidth data applications.

According to the company, The Falcon III AN/PRC-117G is the JTRS-approved tactical radio that is expected to offer secure access to high-bandwidth applications —such as streaming video, reconnaissance information, and biometrics —in addition to narrowband legacy waveforms. The AN/PRC-117G includes a remote operated video enhanced receiver interoperable mode that will provide Air Force personnel on the battlefield with the ability to receive live video directly from unmanned aerial vehicles systems. The AN/PRC-117G offers an extended frequency range of 30MHz to 2GHz. The radio delivers IP data to the tactical internet at on-air rates of up to 5Mbps.

Dana Mehnert, president of Harris RF Communications, said: This radio will allow Air Force personnel to better manage the battle by providing simultaneous voice, data and text capability. The radio is half the weight of the legacy radios currently fielded, significantly lightening the soldier’s load, and offers a high degree of mobility, security, and survivability.

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