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Harris Corporation Communications System Plays Key Role in Successful Missile Defense Flight Test


An advanced data terminal developed by Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) played a key role in another successful test conducted during the weekend by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense system. A Harris data terminal, used in the In-Flight Interceptor Communications System (IFICS) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, successfully communicated with an interceptor launched from the base, enabling the interceptor to hit the incoming missile.

The Flight Test Ground-based Midcourse Defense-03a demonstrated key capabilities of the interceptor and related components, including in-flight communications between the fire control system and the ballistic missile interceptor. The Harris data terminal enables the ground command and control system to provide updates to the interceptor after launch, and is a critical component of the U.S. Missile Defense Program.

“The successful performance of the Harris data terminal is another milestone achievement in our nearly 20-year history of designing, developing and testing communications systems for the Missile Defense Agency and its predecessor organizations,” said Sheldon Fox, president of Harris Defense Programs.

Harris is working under a multiyear, $200 million contract with Northrop Grumman Mission Systems. Both Harris and Northrop Grumman support Boeing in the design and development of the IFICS Data Terminals. To date, nine of the terminals have been completed for testing purposes and for Limited Deployment Operations.

Harris Defense Programs business is a major developer, supplier and integrator of communications and information processing products, systems, and networks for a diverse base of aerospace, terrestrial and maritime programs. Harris supports the ongoing transformation of military communications for U.S. and international customers.


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