MELBOURNE, Fla., February 21, 2007 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) and BAE Systems have successfully demonstrated the first Highband Networking Radio (HNR) system featuring directive beam technology — an approach that extends range, improves throughput, and enhances spectrum efficiency.
The Harris-BAE Systems team demonstrated a self-forming, self-healing, mobile network utilizing the HNR co-developed by the two companies. The demonstration was conducted January 25 and 26 in a 500-square-kilometer area of Melbourne, Florida. Attendees included representatives from all branches of the U.S. armed forces and from companies involved in large-system integration.
"This demo has proven that true, ad-hoc mobile networking is now available," said Sheldon Fox, vice president and general manager of Department of Defense Programs, Harris Government Communications Systems Division. "HNR provides the unique capability of a high throughput, mesh network that can be used in both mobile and static operations. This system is an excellent example of our company's commitment to developing leading-edge technologies with broad applications for military network-centric military communications."
"This successful demonstration underscores our joint commitment to provide innovative solutions in wideband networked mobile communications to the warfighter," said Jeff Markel, president of Network Enabled Solutions for BAE Systems.
The demonstration highlighted the full range of the HNR system's capabilities, including voice-over-IP, video teleconferencing, high-definition video and e-mail transmission at speeds of more than 30 megabits per second. Using the Army's Joint Network Nodes (JNNs) to simulate multiple battalion-level tactical operations centers linked back to a simulated command center, the HNR demonstrated both static and mobile backbone communications links for Army units dispersed throughout a 500-square-kilometer urban environment. In addition, mobile satellite communications, secure wireless local area network (LAN) communications and tactical voice communications were seamlessly integrated into the network and linked to a General Dynamics facility in Taunton, Massachusetts, via a Ku-band satellite.
The HNR is the first product to provide fully mobile, high-bandwidth, long-range, line-of-site connectivity between users of widely dispersed LANs. The versatile system is configurable enough for small combat unit applications as well as for Army division/brigade/battalion network backbone applications. It operates with equal effectiveness in fixed, at-the-halt or on-the-move applications. Designed for ease and speed-of-use, the HNR requires only power-up to establish a mobile, ad-hoc networking mesh, thereby helping to reduce manpower and simplify operations.
Programs for which the HNR has potential applications include the U.S. Army's Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, Future Combat Systems, and Joint Network Node; the U.S. Navy's transformational FORCEnet program; the NATO Medium Extended Air Defense System; and the U.S. Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System.
About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is a global defense and aerospace company, delivering a full range of products and services for air, land, and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions, and customer support services. BAE Systems, with 88,000 employees worldwide, had 2005 sales that exceeded $22 billion, excluding the group's former interest in Airbus. Additional information about BAE Systems is available at www.baesystems.com
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual sales of about $4 billion and more than 14,000 employees — including more than 6,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications products, systems, and services for global markets, including government communications, RF communications, broadcast communications, and wireless transmission network solutions. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com
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