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Harris Corporation Receives $45.2 Million Order from U.S. Air Force for Falcon Radios


Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has received a $45.2 million order to supply the U.S. Air Force with a complete suite of Falcon® tactical radios for its fleet of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. With the order, Harris has now been selected by all branches of the U.S. military to provide high-performance radio systems for MRAP vehicles.

“We continue to gain market share in our tactical radio business and are expanding into new addressable markets,” said Dana Mehnert, president, Harris RF Communications.“ The U.S. and international opportunities pipeline for secure, networked, software-defined tactical communications remains large and robust, and we now expect to finish fiscal year 2008 with orders significantly greater than sales.”

Harris is providing Falcon II® AN/VRC-103 multiband and Falcon II® AN/VRC-104(C) high-frequency vehicular radios for use in Air Force MRAPs, which are designed to mitigate the effects of blasts through uniquely designed V-shaped hulls and raised chassis.

In addition, via a separate procurement, the Air Force is installing Falcon III® AN/VRC-110 high-performance, multiband vehicular radio systems into MRAP vehicles. Each AN/VRC-110 comes with two JTRS-approved Falcon III AN/PRC-152(C) multiband, multimission handheld radios, which provide features such as SINCGARS capability, ultra-high frequency (UHF) ground-to-ground line-of-sight communications, close-air support, tactical satellite communications and programmable encryption. The Falcon III AN/VRC-110 system provides a “grab-and-go” feature through the AN/PRC-152(C) handheld transceiver that delivers continuous communications when removed from the vehicle, an important capability in urban environments.

“These Harris Falcon II and Falcon III radios will provide the Air Force with a complete radio communication system for beyond-line-of-sight as well as ground-to-air and ground-to-ground, on-the-move communications,” said George Helm, vice president and general manager, U.S. Government Products, Harris RF Communications. “Harris is proud to have been selected by the Air Force as the supplier for this very important program. Through our participation in the MRAP program, we are providing enhanced mobile communications capabilities that will enable tactical units across the Department of Defense to operate more effectively.”

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.


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