Army orders radios for bio-threat system

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Harris Corp. of New York is providing the U.S. Army with high-frequency radios for use with a biological threat detection system under a $9 million order.

Under the order, Harris will supply Falcon II 400-watt AN/PRC-150(C) HF systems for the Army's Joint Biological Point Detection System, which is designed to detect and identify biological warfare agents.


The AN/PRC-150(C) automatically communicates alerts to headquarters over HF radio links when biological agents are detected, the company said.

"Harris is the market leader in tactical, high-frequency radio communications," said Brendan O'Connell, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications. "We have supported the integration of our radio systems into many types of customer programs.

"In this instance, the Army is taking advantage of the secure data transmission capabilities of the AN/PRC-150 to give U.S. forces the maximum amount of time to respond to potentially significant threats."

The AN/PRC-150(C) is an NSA Type-1 certified HF radio system. Widely deployed, the AN/PRC-150(C) provides continuous coverage in the 1.6-to-60 MHz frequency range, delivering secure voice and data communications even in the harshest conditions.

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