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October 13, 2011

Harris Corporation Receives $5 Million in Orders from Republic of Poland
By Anil Sharma
TMCnet Contributor

Harris Corporation (News - Alert), an international communications and information technology company, has received $5 million in orders from Republic of Poland for Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radios.

Poland has become the eighth country to acquire the Falcon III AN/PRC-117G, a first-of-its-kind radio system that delivers mobile ad-hoc networking, voice and wideband data communications to the battlefield.

These radios will provide the country’s armed forces with ground-to-ground and ground-to-air tactical communications in both line-of-sight and beyond line-of-sight environments.

 “The AN/PRC-117G is rapidly emerging as the radio of choice as nations modernize their tactical communications to capitalize on the transition to the networked battlefield,” said Andy Start, president, international business, Harris RF Communications, in a statement.

Start said that Poland is acquiring the radios to provide its forces with current capabilities as well as a platform for emerging requirements.

“Our Falcon family of radios provides the backbone for systems that address the biggest communication challenges our customers face,” he said.

In addition to Poland, the AN/PRC-117G has been acquired by the United States, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Slovakia and Australia.

Officials with Harris said that the company has shipped more than 15,000 of these radios worldwide, with more than a third deployed in support of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

Harris Corporation recently reported that it has received a $16 million order from the U.S. Department of Defense for additional Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radios systems. The radios will supply DoD forces with networked line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight tactical communications.The field-proven AN/PRC-117G delivers unprecedented situational awareness to the battlefield through voice, wideband data and mobile ad-hoc networking. It is the first JTRS Software Communications Architecture-certified and NSA Type-1 certified wideband manpack radio system.

Software-defined with significantly reduced size, weight and power, the radio supports a growing number of network-enabled missions.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves


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