Harris, ITT collaborate on SRW

Oct. 25, 2010 at 9:31 AM
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ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Harris and ITT successfully exchanged voice and data between their respective military radio systems using open-standard wideband JTRS technology.

The exchange between the Harris Corp.'s Falcon III AN/PRC-117G manpack and ITT Corp.'s Soldier Radio development model took place last week using the Solder Radio Waveform Version 1.01.1C, a U.S. military Joint Tactical Radio System technology being developed to serve as a standard for wideband tactical communications for the U.S. Department of Defense.

SRW will deliver voice, data and high-bandwidth networking capabilities to forces at the tactical edge.

"Harris and ITT have validated the utility and portability of SRW and are accelerating its availability to warfighters as part of a joint tactical wideband data radio network. This demonstrates the benefits of the JTRS Enterprise Business Model," said Brendan O'Connell, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications.

"The successful exchange of voice and data over SRW illustrates the ability of the AN/PRC-117G to add standard U.S. government waveforms from the JTRS information repository through technology insertion."

Following the success of the exercise, Harris plans to conduct additional testing to include additional SRW features, such as communications security and SRW Network Manager integration. The company is integrating SRW into the AN/PRC-117G manpack, with release expected next summer.

The ITT Soldier Radio is a next generation of software-defined wideband communication capability for the dismounted soldier that provides dynamic ad hoc networked voice and data under all combat conditions.

ITT said it leverages on the maturity of ITT-developed SRW, following several years of field experiments, demonstrations and tests.

Both radio systems were developed under the JTRS business model, which aims to spur innovation in tactical communications.

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