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Harris demos new military radio

Harris Corporation says its new wideband tactical radio offers enhanced networking capabilities.
By Richard Tomkins   |   March 25, 2014 at 11:12 AM   |   Comments

March 25 (UPI) -- Harris Corporation has demonstrated an enhanced high-frequency tactical radio network, simultaneously connecting four military bases in four states.

The demonstration network used the company’s new Falcon III RF-7800H wideband HF tactical radio, which enabled U.S. Special Operations Command to simultaneously send and receive voice and data messages to sites in Colorado, Kentucky, Florida and North Carolina using beyond line-of-sight communications.

The demonstration showcased the Falcon III RF-7800H radio’s emerging capabilities to integrate into existing ground tactical networks, the company said.

"SOCOM forces obtained communications that met or exceeded capabilities offered by legacy tactical satellite systems during the demonstration,” said George Helm, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications. “Our next-generation HF radio provides an important alternative for connecting team members when it matters most.”

Harris Corporation said the RF-7800H, a software-defined radio, offers data rates that are as much as 10 times greater than current HF manpacks radios and offers spectrum sensing tools that automatically identify the best communication channels.

It is fully compatible with the Harris Falcon II HF product line and accessories used by military forces around the world.

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