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Harris Corporation’s Falcon III Multiband Manpack Radio Receives Key Software Certification from Joint Program Executive Office for Joint Tactical Radio System


First Wideband Networking Radio to be Certified as Fully Compliant with Version 2.2 of the JTRS Software Communications Architecture

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has announced that its Falcon III® AN/PRC-117G(V)1(C) multiband manpack has become the first wideband networking radio to be certified as Software Communications Architecture (SCA) compliant. The certification, from the Joint Program Executive Office (JPEO) for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program, ensures that the radio is easily upgradeable to JTRS wideband and narrowband waveforms. Harris is the only company to receive JTRS SCA certification for both manpack and handheld radios.

The new certification covers the operating environment of the AN/PRC-117G, which is designated as fully compliant with version 2.2 of the SCA of the JTRS. The SCA provides the overall blueprint for building JTRS software defined radio systems. The operating environment — along with the radio’s waveform software applications — synchronizes hardware, firmware, and cryptographic components and controls the radio’s transmission of voice and data.

Harris received certification for the AN/PRC-117G following comprehensive tests and a recommendation from the JTRS Test and Evaluation Laboratory. The AN/PRC-117G is a wideband manpack companion to the JTRS-approved Falcon III AN/PRC-152(C) multiband handheld radio, which previously was certified as fully compliant with the SCA. There are more than 40,000 AN/PRC-152(C) radios deployed around the world.

Harris recently demonstrated the AN/PRC-117G and its wideband networking capabilities to JPEO JTRS at its headquarters in San Diego. The radio successfully passed voice, data and video simultaneously in an ad-hoc network that included fixed, mobile, shipboard and dismounted soldier locations, secured with the radio’s Type-1 certified HAIPE encryption. The radio received Type-1 security certification from the National Security Agency in December 2007. Since the beginning of the year, Harris has also conducted field and training demonstrations of the radio for all branches of the Department of Defense.

“The Falcon III AN/PRC-117G is the first manpack radio to receive JTRS approval for its software operating environment. It continues Harris leadership in developing next-generation software-defined multiband radios for the warfighter,” said George Helm, vice president and general manager, U.S. Government Products for Harris RF Communications. “With this certification, the U.S. military can continue to acquire Falcon III AN/PRC-117G radios knowing that they meet existing standards and are positioned to handle future JTRS applications. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the JPEO to expand the breadth and availability of JTRS-approved products to the DoD"

The Falcon III AN/PRC-117G allows the mobile warfighter access to secure IP data at on-air rates up to 5 Megabits per second. The radio features mobile ad-hoc networking, automated network establishment and maintenance, and integrated Type-1 security. The software-defined AN/PRC-117G offers legacy interoperability with currently fielded radios, incorporating SINCGARS, Havequick II, the High Performance Waveform (HPW), as well as MIL-STD-181B Tactical Satellite (TACSAT).


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