Harris Corp. builds Marine Corps radios

ROCHESTER, N.Y., 20 Oct. 2005. Harris Corp. has been awarded a competitive procurement contract to supply the U.S. Marine Corps' MBMMR (Multiband, Multimission Radio) Standardization Program with its Falcon II AN/PRC-117F(C) radios.

ROCHESTER, N.Y., 20 Oct. 2005. Harris Corp. has been awarded a competitive procurement contract to supply the U.S. Marine Corps' MBMMR (Multiband, Multimission Radio) Standardization Program with its Falcon II AN/PRC-117F(C) radios.

The first delivery orders of $67 million have been awarded as part of a multi-year $205 million blanket purchase agreement. Deliveries of the new MBMMR systems will begin in the company's second fiscal quarter.

The radios will be used to upgrade and replace the Marines Corps' active duty and reserve components' legacy tactical radio systems, and also will be used for other USMC programs such as Target Location, Designation, and Hand-Off System (TLDHS), Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence (CI/HUMINT), and Assault Breacher Vehicle (ABV).

Under the contract, Harris will supply its AN/PRC-117F(C) manpack and AN/VRC-103(V) vehicular systems.

The Harris AN/PRC-117F(C) is an advanced multiband radio covering the entire 30-to-512 MHz frequency spectrum. Its embedded COMSEC has NSA certification, ensuring compliance with secure U.S. Government Type-1 encryption algorithms. In addition, the radio is JITC certified for operation over military standard satellites.

The AN/VRC-103(V) vehicular product is a fully integrated, compact communications system that includes the 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.

"We have had the opportunity for the past several years to provide the U.S. Marine Corps with advanced HF and multiband tactical radios and support. The selection of the Falcon II AN/PRC-117F(C) as the MBMMR standard is a strong validation of the operational performance and reliability of our radios," said Dana Mehnert, vice president and general manager of U.S. Government products, Harris RF Communications Division.

"We are extremely pleased to further strengthen our partnership with the Marine Corps and to support its mission-critical communications requirements for many years to come."

Harris RF Communications Division is a 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 has 12,600 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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