Harris Corp. builds portable radios for Air Force

ROCHESTER, N.Y., 28 Nov. 2005. Harris Corp. has been awarded a $4.8 million contract from the U.S. Central Command Air Force (USCENTAF) for Falcon III AN/PRC-152 multiband handheld and Falcon II AN/VRC-103 vehicular units utilizing Harris AN/PRC-117F(C) manpack multiband radios.

ROCHESTER, N.Y., 28 Nov. 2005. Harris Corp. has been awarded a $4.8 million contract from the U.S. Central Command Air Force (USCENTAF) for Falcon III AN/PRC-152 multiband handheld and Falcon II AN/VRC-103 vehicular units utilizing Harris AN/PRC-117F(C) manpack multiband radios. The radios will be deployed to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Harris AN/PRC-152 is a next-generation, multiband handheld radio that offers military users all of the capabilities they need to meet urgent operational requirements. The AN/PRC-152 can easily be upgraded to provide additional capabilities in the future utilizing the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) and the Harris Sierra II software programmable encryption module. The AN/PRC-152 is the first NSA-certified radio to implement the SCA.

The Harris AN/PRC-117F(C) is an advanced, software-defined radio covering the entire 30 to 512 MHz frequency spectrum. Its embedded COMSEC has NSA certification and it is JITC certified. The AN/VRC-103(V) vehicular product is a fully integrated, compact communications system that includes a Harris AN/PRC-117F(C) tactical radio and the Harris AM-7588 Multiband Power Amplifier. This system also covers the entire 30 to 512 MHz frequency range, offering 50 watts PEP transmit power, embedded COMSEC, SATCOM, and ECCM capabilities.

"The similarity of operation between the AN/PRC-117F and AN/PRC-152 reduces training time and will allow the Air Force to quickly field the radios to support crucial rotational deployment schedules," said Mark Moretto, a major account manager in Harris' RF Communications Division. "In order to further accelerate the fielding of USCENTAF equipment, Harris is providing in-theater training to supplement training in the continental U.S."

Harris' RF Communications Division is a leading supplier of secure voice and data communications products, systems, and networks to military, government, and commercial organizations worldwide. Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. With headquarters in Melbourne, Fla., the company has annual sales of over $3 billion and more than 13,000 employees -- including 5,500 engineers and scientists -- dedicated to the development of best-in-class assured communications products, systems, and services. The company's operating divisions serve markets for government communications, RF communications, broadcast communications, and microwave communications. For more information, see www.harris.com.

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