By Dean ~ August 16th, 2011. Filed under: SDR & SCA.
It looks like the string of global wins for the Harris Falcon II and Falcon III radios continues. They just announced an order for nearly $5M from Canada for an unspecified number of AN/PRC-117G Falcon III radios and RF-7800B satellite terminals:
“Integration of the AN/PRC-117G with the Harris RF-7800B terminals will provide Canadian personnel with unique end-to-end, Type-1 secure beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) wideband communications connectivity. The order was received by Harris in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.”
The folks over at Harris Tactical Communications have really been on a tear recently. Some notable deals include:
- $25M from the USMC for Falcon III AN/PRC-117G Multiband Radio Systems – (2011.07.28)
- $5.3M Order from the Brazilian MoD for Falcon III RF-7800V VHF Tactical Radios – (2011.07.18)
- $16M in Orders from the U.S. DoD for Falcon III and Falcon II Tactical Radio Systems – (2011.07.13)
- $17.8M Order for Falcon II High-Frequency Vehicular Radio Systems for U.S. Army MRAP Vehicles – (2011.07.12)
All of that is on top of their success with the US Army’s Network Integration Evaluation (NIE), conducted at Ft. Bliss and the White Sands Missile Range.
“The NIE is the first in a series of semi-annual evaluations designed to integrate and mature the Army’s tactical network. The evaluation involves a series of tests and evaluations among five programs of record and 30 emerging or developmental technologies. Involving all 3,800 soldiers of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, the NIE uniquely combines test and evaluation in a single venue, with the goal of speeding the deployment of an integrated battlefield network.
One of the main purposes of the NIE is to evaluate existing network capabilities, including the Harris AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack tactical radio system. For the NIE, Harris deployed a 20- and 30- Node wideband AN/PRC-117G network, powered by its Adaptive Networking Wideband Waveform, or ANW2. The radio network connects a range of military vehicles to company command post platforms and is providing access to applications such as TIGR, FTP and combat chat and is also being used widely in first support missions. The Army’s objective is to assess and collect data on the AN/PRC-117G’s wideband networking performance.”
Harris RF Communications is clearly doing excellent work in pushing the envelope of Software Defined Radio (SDR) for tactical applications. This success provides even more evidence of the key role SDR will play in future tactical and first responder networks. The flexibility, functionality and reliability of SDR, as demonstrated by the achievements of the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS), are why we’ve chosen to specialize in providing waveform design solutions. Hey, it even lets us talk to our neighbors to the north. How’s that for interoperability, eh?