Harris wins contract to upgrade USAF’s communication network

8 May 2016 (Last Updated May 8th, 2016 18:30)

Harris has secured a contract to upgrade tactical radios for mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles of the US Air Force (USAF).

Harris has secured a contract to upgrade tactical radios for mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles of the US Air Force (USAF).

Under the terms of the $12m deal, Harris will supply Falcon III AN/PRC-152A wideband networking handheld radios that are designed to deliver simultaneous secure voice and high-speed networked data.

The Falcon III radios feature internal GPS capabilities to provide situational awareness.

The highly portable design of the radios creates efficiencies in space-constrained, vehicular environments. They employ Harris adaptive networking wideband waveform (ANW2) to deliver ad-hoc, self-healing and adaptive networking capabilities for reliable connectivity anywhere.

Harris Communication Systems president Chris Young said: "Harris Falcon radios have contributed to the success of MRAP missions by providing robust, reliable connectivity in all types of terrain.

"This latest order will put the newest generation of networking waveforms into the hands of Air Force Security Forces, Civil Engineers and Tactical Air Control Party personnel."

Harris' Falcon III AN/PRC-152A radios are multi-mission capable with wideband networking, SATCOM and legacy narrowband interoperability.

In February, the company announced its plans to supply an all-digital navigation payload for the USAF operated GPS III Space Vehicles (SV) 11 and beyond, for enhanced performance and on-orbit reprogramming.

Developed with the joint capabilities of Harris and Exelis (acquired by Harris), the all-digital navigation payload will include an advanced modular design, atomic clock timing systems, radiation-hardened computers and powerful transmitters.

The GPS satellites provide navigational assistance to the warfighters for military operations on land, at sea, and in the air as well as for civilian purposes.