Posted by John McHale
ROCHESTER, N.Y., 18 Dec. 2010. The U.S. Army ordered high-frequency radio technology from Harris Corp. (NYSE:HRS) for use in an artillery command and control application. The Army will use Harris RF-3134 high-frequency (HF) full-loop antenna systems as part of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System -- a multiple launch rocket system widely used by the Army during operations in Iraq. The full-loop antennas, linked to existing Harris Falcon II AN/PRC-150(C) radios, will enable field personnel to deliver targeting commands to the missiles via long-distance HF voice and data radio links. The full-loop antenna is lightweight, easy to install on the HIMARS platform, and provides communication between HIMARS and its supporting units from over-the-horizon -- farther than traditional line-of-sight communications. This capability allows HIMARS missile batteries to be deployed over wider geographic areas. Use of the full-loop antenna also increases system mobility. "Harris high-frequency radios are providing forces around the world with dependable long-haul beyond-line-of-sight voice communications," says Brendan O’Connell, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications. "For this application, we built on our industry leadership in HF communications to address an emerging requirement."