Army contracts Harris Corp. for radios

July 22, 2010 at 12:33 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 22 (UPI) -- Harris Corp. announced Thursday a $17.6 million order from the U.S. Department of Defense for hand-held radio systems.

The order for the Falcon III AN/PRC-152(C) multiband hand-held radio systems was given by the Joint Program Executive Office of the Joint Tactical Radio System on behalf of the U.S. Army.

"The AN/PRC-152 offers the complete range of tactical hand-held communications requirements for users around the world," said Steve Marschilok, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications. "As a software-defined radio, the AN/PRC-152(C) can also evolve to meet ever-changing mission needs."

The radio system gives soldiers advanced hand-held communications capabilities for portable line-of-sight and beyond line-of-sight applications, the company said. The radio also serves as the dismountable transceiver in the AN/VRC-110 vehicular amplifier adapter system.

The multiband, multimission AN/PRC-152(C) is the most widely fielded JTRS-approved hand-held radio with more than 100,000 units deployed, it said.

The number of units covered by the award wasn't disclosed.

Harris said it developed the Falcon III AN/PRC-152(C) following the U.S. military's Joint Tactical Radio System Enterprise Business Model and that the product operates on the JTRS Software Communications Architecture.

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