ROCHESTER, NY, June 9, 2009 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has been awarded a $13.5 million order to provide the U.S. Air Force with both vehicular radios and the new Harris digital tactical intercom system. The equipment will be installed in high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicles or humvees (HMMWVs) in support of Air Force ground missions.
The Air Force is acquiring Harris Falcon III® AN/VRC-110 multiband, multimode vehicular radios, along with the recently introduced RF-7800I Tactical Intercom System. The RF-7800I provides modular, interoperable in-vehicle voice and data connectivity among vehicle crew members, while also creating a network backbone that centralizes access to and control of vehicular communication assets, including the AN/VRC-110.
"The RF-7800I leverages our leading expertise in software-defined radios to provide customers with an easy-to-use, digital modular intercom system with a high degree of flexibility and reliability," said Dana Mehnert, group president, Harris RF Communications. "The system was designed to interoperate easily with the full family of Harris Falcon radios, which integrates control and simplifies operations for the warfighter.
"We are pleased to expand our partnership with the Air Force, which has already fielded a full range of Harris tactical communications equipment. The RF-7800I essentially creates a vehicular command and control center by unifying the operation of technologies that connect the crew to the broader battlefield network."
The RF-7800I features a modular, customizable digital architecture designed to adapt to specific vehicle configurations or mission requirements. The system's capabilities range from voice-only communication among vehicle crew members, to voice and data networking that is interoperable with the full family of Harris Falcon® tactical radios. This networking feature allows crew members to communicate with dismounted personnel, and other vehicles or command centers via HF, VHF, UHF, multiband and BGAN (broadband global area network) satellite communications technology.
Falcon III AN/VRC-110
The AN/VRC-110 is a high-performance, multiband vehicular tactical radio system that offers users a wide range of capabilities such as SINCGARS interoperability, APCO P25, ultra high-frequency (UHF) ground-to-ground line-of-sight communications, close-air support and programmable encryption. The JTRS-approved AN/PRC-152(C) serves as the handheld transceiver in the AN/VRC-110 system.
Harris RF Communications is the leading global supplier of secure radio communications and embedded high-grade encryption solutions for military, government and commercial organizations. The company's Falcon family of software-defined tactical radio systems encompasses manpack, handheld and vehicular applications. Falcon III is the next-generation of radios supporting the U.S. military's Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) requirements as well as network-centric operations worldwide. Harris RF Communications is also a leading supplier of assured communications systems and equipment for public safety, utility and transportation markets, with products ranging from the most advanced IP voice and data networks to portable and mobile single- and multiband radios.
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 approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and 15,000 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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