PARIS, June 16, 2008 (Eurosatory Booth H200a) — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has been awarded a contract to supply the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) with Falcon Watch® Remote Surveillance Systems to provide force protection and perimeter security for forward operating bases in Afghanistan. The acquisition is part of the RNLAF's Transportable Intrusion Detection Systems (TIDS) program.
Under terms of the contract, Harris will provide networked systems consisting of the Falcon Watch RF-5400V-SR Falcon II® Ground Sensor and the Falcon Watch RF-5408-RI Remote Imager. The systems are designed to provide sensor alarms along with related imagery and video feeds to enable real-time response to intrusions or other threats. Information and imagery are transmitted to commanders and deployed forces through the system's Falcon II tactical radio communication backbone.
Two types of imaging capability are included with the RNLAF system. Remotely deployable thermal and visible light cameras, cued by sensors, provide visibility into terrain features such as washes or ridge lines. These terrain features can provide cover for possible attackers on operating bases. Thermal and visible light cameras with pan-tilt-zoom capability are mounted within operating bases to focus on a particular area based on information received from the ground sensors. The system includes NightStalkIR live video surveillance camera systems provided by Harris partner IEC Infrared of Cleveland, Ohio.
Utilizing low power consumption to maximize operational life, the Falcon Watch networked sensors are easily adjusted after deployment via the Falcon Watch RF-5410 Sensor Management Application. The sensors provide a flexible interface for seismic, infrared and acoustic detection devices, fence monitoring devices and other sensor inputs. Military grade encryption is provided to secure the sensor and imager communication.
"The Falcon Watch Remote Surveillance System is a flexible and quickly deployable system that offers an integrated solution of intelligent sensors, fixed and deployable imagers, robust communications and advanced reporting protocols, which enable sensor data to feed directly into military radio networks in real time," said Ed Lockwood, vice president of sales, Harris International Government Systems. "The system will provide the RNLAF with state-of-the-art force protection and security for forward positions in difficult terrain. Falcon Watch will make the area around forward operating bases safer and more secure."
Harris RF Communications Division is the leading supplier of secure voice and data communications products, systems and networks to military, government and commercial organizations worldwide.
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 revenue of more than $5 billion and 16,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications®; products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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