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Harris receives new WIN-T order

MELBOURNE, Fla., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Harris Corp. is supplying more Highband Networking Radio Systems for the U.S. Army's Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2 program.

The radios, ordered by Lockheed Martin for the program, feature the first use of directive-beam technology for higher throughput over longer distances.

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Harris said the follow-on, low-rate production order for more than 100 units is worth $16 million. It is the largest-quantity radio order to date and brings the total value of WIN-T contracts to Harris to more than $200 million since 2002.

The Harris Highband Networking Radio hosts the Harris-developed Highband Networking Waveform, which enables automatic selection of the best communications path and creates a self-forming, self-healing network.

Nodes can enter and exit without the need for fixed network infrastructure or operator intervention. In addition to its use in WIN-T Increment 2, an advanced version of the HNW will run on WIN-T Increment 3 hardware platforms.

The HNR has been implemented in the WIN-T Increment 2 program as a terrestrial, line-of-sight layer in an integrated communications architecture. This terrestrial layer includes mobile and fixed nodes and augments a celestial layer supporting satellite communications for beyond line-of-sight connectivity.

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"The HNR is designed from the ground up to support the networked battlefield and to ensure that warfighters have a trusted, yet mobile, communications backbone," said Sheldon Fox, group president, Harris Government Communications Systems. "This follow-on contract represents our continuing commitment to meeting the requirements of the WIN-T program and advancing the communications technology of the U.S. Army."

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