Harris Corporation Successfully Tests New Falcon III Multiband Manpack Radio During U.S. Army Patriot Missile Exercise
Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, successfully demonstrated its new Falcon® III multiband manpack radio during a 10-day U.S. Army exercise that focused on integrating new networking technologies into the Patriot missile communications system. The U.S. Army exercise is part of a transformational Army program designed to prepare Patriot to be part of the next-generation Army Integrated Air & Missile Defense – System of Systems.
The Harris® Falcon III manpack is a wideband tactical radio that provides secure Internet Protocol data to the tactical Internet at on-air rates of up to 10 Megabits per second (Mbps). As part of the exercise, the U.S. Army deployed the Falcon III manpack to provide on-the-move networking of high-bandwidth voice and data.
“The success of the Falcon III manpack during this trial highlights the advanced capabilities of this next-generation radio system. The Falcon III manpack provides warfighters with secure, networked voice and data communications and situational awareness while on the move, as well as full interoperability with legacy radios such as SINCGARS,” said Dana Mehnert, president, Harris RF Communications. “The radio offers significant increases in data-throughput rates over noisy radio channels, allowing data-intensive applications to be used in situations that were never before practical. The Falcon III manpack will enhance mission effectiveness by integrating command and control systems with sensors, shooters and weapons platforms.”
Specifically designed to be a wideband networking radio with a broad range of multiband, multimission capabilities, the Falcon III manpack incorporates the Harris Advanced Networking Wideband Waveform (ANW2), SINCGARS, Havequick II, and a variety of different tactical satellite (TACSAT) capabilities, including the High Performance Waveform (HPW). The Falcon III manpack will incorporate the Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) in a future software upgrade. The Falcon III manpack is the companion radio to the JTRS-approved Falcon® III AN/PRC-152(C) multiband, multimission handheld tactical radio system.
The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Capabilities, Manager-Lower Tier conducted the Patriot communications enhancement technology demonstration exercise Sept. 17 and Sept. 28. Harris RF Communications joined other companies in the exercise, staged between Army command center elements at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, and Fort Bliss, Texas. Fort Bliss maintains several U.S. Patriot Missile Batteries and operator training.
The demonstration is part of the Air and Missile Defense (AMD) community’s overall transformation to a network-centric environment for integrating sensors, shooters, and battle management command, control, communications and intelligence systems (BMC3I). This transformation will allow AMD warfighters to utilize expanded sensor and weapon system combinations via an integrated, multi-layered communications network and is the first step towards an integrated air and missile defense capability for the U.S. Army and a joint capability for the nation.
The Falcon III manpack is part of Harris Corporation’s expanding leadership in tactical command and control communications for ground forces. In addition to the manpack, Harris also produces the Harris RF-7800W, a high capacity line-of-sight data radio that provides wireless backbone connections between higher-level command posts and their forward-operating bases at rates in excess of 80 Megabits per second; and the Highband Networking Radio, developed jointly with BAE Systems, which provides a flexible, medium-range, fixed or fully mobile ad-hoc mesh communication network.
Harris RF Communications Division is a 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 over $4 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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