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Harris has been awarded a contract for the delivery of additional Falcon III tactical radio systems to the US Air Force (USAF), to help expand deployment of wideband tactical communications across the service.

Supplied under the $38m contract, the Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack and AN/PRC-152A multiband handheld radio systems are expected to streamline the rollout of joint tactical radio system (JTRS) wideband networking capabilities, to para-rescue, combat communications and other air force personnel.

Harris RF Communications US Department of Defense business president George Helm said the air force is deploying the company’s JTRS-certified radios to provide two-channel communication capabilities.

"JTRS-certified wideband networking allows users to connect seamlessly to the Global Information Grid, a secure, classified version of the Internet," Helm added.

"Harris’s Falcon III radios provide secure voice communications and enable operators to send and receive images, video, e-mails, text messages and even participate in teleconferences."

"More than 40,000 AN/PRC-117G and AN/PRC-152A radios have been delivered to date by the company."

The Falcon III AN/PRC-117G radio is a software-defined, upgradable voice and data platform, designed to support network-enabled operations, such as convoy tracking, intelligence reporting and analysis, collaborative chat, route planning and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) missions.

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Offering continuous coverage in the 30MHz to 2GHz frequency range, the radio is the first JTRS software communications architecture-certified, NSA Type-1 certified manpack radio system to have been deployed by all branches of the US DoD.

Integrated with the soldier radio waveform (SRW), the tactical radio not only expands interoperability with current radios, but also ensures compatibility with future platforms operating JTRS waveforms.

The Falcon III AN/PRC-152 is a NSA Type-1 certified, JTRS SCA-certified multiband handheld radio designed to provide line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight tactical communications to soldiers in the 30 to 512 MHz frequency range.

More than 40,000 AN/PRC-117G and AN/PRC-152A radios have been delivered to date by the company to all branches of the US military, along with more tha 15 allied countries worldwide.

Image: A US marine uses a PRC-117 radio and SATCOM antenna to receive communications. Photo courtesy of US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Leslie L. Tomaino (Released).

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