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Harris Corporation Introduces RF-7800M Multiband Manpack Tactical Radio for International Markets


Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has introduced the RF-7800M-MP, a multiband, high-capacity tactical radio that dramatically enhances the ability of military personnel to communicate at high data rates while on the move. The RF-7800M-MP is the newest addition to a family of Harris tactical radio products designed to broaden access to battlefield networking.

The RF-7800M-MP provides secure voice and high-speed networked data services with up to 20 watts of output power over an extended frequency range of 30 MHz to 2 GHz — a significant increase over competing products. Designed for flexibility, the single-channel radio runs both narrowband and wideband waveforms off a single military battery, lightening the soldier’s load on the battlefield. A vehicular amplifier adapter, the RF-7800M-VA, is available to boost power to 50 watts.

“The RF-7800M-MP is a breakthrough radio with advanced capabilities designed to empower warfighters with information where and when they need it,” said Steve Marschilok, vice president and general manager, International Government Systems, Harris RF Communications. “The radio offers a significant leap in networking reliability, data throughput rates, and miniaturization for our customers, and brings future capabilities to the market now. In addition, the RF-7800M-MP is designed to quickly accept new waveforms and capabilities that our customers need.”

The initial release of the RF-7800M-MP will include the Harris Advanced Networking Wideband Waveform (ANW2) for mobile ad-hoc networking. The ANW2 networking waveform provides secure IP data to the tactical Internet at on-air rates up to 10 Mbps. The radio’s Software Communications Architecture (version 2.2) enables the loading of future waveforms and ensures software upgradeability. With 10 times the processing power of currently fielded tactical radios, the RF-7800M-MP utilizes embedded 256-bit AES encryption and provides simultaneous IP data, situational awareness, and CNR voice.

The RF-7800M-MP is part of a new family of products in the Falcon® line of radios designed for network-centric warfare, including the previously announced RF-7800W Broadband Ethernet Radio and the RF-7800S Secure Personal Radio.


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