MELBOURNE, Florida, July 19, 2001 - Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), as part of the CDC Systems U.K. Limited team, has been selected as the preferred high frequency (HF) Subsystem Supplier for the United Kingdom's Bowman Tactical Radio Programme. The overall prime contract value to CDC Systems U.K. Limited is $2.4 billion (1.7 billion pounds). The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD) has described the Bowman Programme as one of the most important land-based military projects in recent U.K. history.
Harris is responsible for providing approximately 10,000 HF radio systems to U.K. Defense Forces. The resulting business to Harris is expected to be more than $150 million over the contract period. Harris expects to finalize its contractual relationship with CDC Systems U.K. Ltd. later this summer. Harris' Bowman solution is based on the company's highly successful Falcon™ II Tactical Radio product family, which is in broad use by U.S., NATO, Partnership for Peace (PfP) and other defense forces around the world.
"Bowman will represent the largest tactical radio program ever awarded to Harris," said Chet Massari, president of Harris' RF Communications Division, Rochester, New York. "The Bowman Programme reaffirms the Falcon II's leadership position in the global, military radio market. Local U.K. production of the HF subsystem will further accelerate the growing standardization of the Falcon II radios worldwide."
Harris' Falcon II HF manpack radio provides reliable long-range communications with enhanced secure voice and data performance. The radio's integrated network controller provides a seamless IP interface to the tactical communications network. The Harris Falcon II family of HF, very-high frequency (VHF), and multiband (VHF/UHF) radio products share common operation, logistics, and accessories. Each radio has the same man-machine interface (MMI), resulting in simplified operator training and increased proficiency. No other tactical radio system has comparable intuitive MMI technology. As with all Falcon II radios, the HF manpack is built on a software-defined radio platform. The AN/PRC-150(C), the U.S. version of the Falcon II HF manpack, includes the highest level of U.S. government encryption.
The modular Falcon II family easily accommodates new technology and upgrades. Unlike conventional hardware-based radios, the software-based radio is easily reprogrammed, allowing features to be added quickly and cost-effectively as new product capabilities are added and/or communications needs change. Software upgrades can be programmed through the radio's data port without opening the unit.
The Falcon II Tactical Radio System family covers the frequency range of 1.6 to 512 MHz. Falcon II's software-defined radio (SDR) architecture has made it a key element of the current U.S. Government's Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Phase 2B program. Harris will use the Falcon II platform to validate the JTRS software architecture for the manportable domain.
Harris RF Communications Division is a leading supplier of secure voice and data communication products, systems and networks to military, government, and commercial organizations worldwide.
Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) is an international communications equipment company focused on providing product, system and service solutions for commercial and government customers. The company's five operating divisions serve markets for microwave, broadcast, network support, tactical radio communications, and government systems. Harris has sales and service facilities in more than 90 countries. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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Editor's Note: A photo of the Falcon II radio that will be the new platform for the Bowman Programme is available by contacting Harris.
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