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USAF orders Harris Falcon III AN/PRC-117G radios

15 May 2012

Harris has been awarded an indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for the supply of its Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multi-band manpack radios to the US Air Force (USAF).

The IDIQ contract has a maximum potential value of $75m and also includes an $8m initial delivery order for AN/PRC-117G radios to provide advanced wideband tactical communications to USAF combat controllers and other ground personnel.

Harris RF Communications Department of Defense business president George Helm said the AN/PRC-117G radio system addresses growing air force requirements for multi-band, multi-mode radios that can deliver secure access to voice, video and data in real time.

"The radio provides critical real-time information to warfighters on the move and in the air to achieve unprecedented situational awareness on the battlefield," Helm said.

Designed to enable mission-critical voice and give data applications the tactical edge, the radios also support network-enabled missions such as close-air support, precision fires, medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) and collaborative chat.

The AN/PRC-117G is a software-defined and upgradeable voice and data platform, developed to provide military personnel with unprecedented situational awareness of the battlefield through wireless, high-bandwidth communications.

AN/PRC-117G is the first JTRS software communications architecture-certified and NSA Type-1 certified wideband manpack radio and is half the weight of currently fielded legacy radios, significantly reducing the soldier's load, and offers a high degree of mobility, security and survivability.

The radio provides continuous coverage in the 30MHz to 2GHz frequency band and also supports future upgrade to the soldier radio waveform (SRW).

More than 16,000 AN/PRC-117G radio systems have been delivered by the company to the USAF and its allies, including: Canada, the UK, Germany, other NATO nations and Australia.