Harris Corp. to provide high-frequency radio systems to U.S. Department of Defense for next-generation MRAP vehicles

ROCHESTER, N.Y., 26 Dec. 2009. Harris Corp., an international communications and information technology company, won a $228 million order from the U.S. Marine Corps to provide Falcon II AN/VRC-104 high-frequency radio systems for use in U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) MRAP-All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV). The contract was awarded by the U.S. Marine Corps - Systems Command on behalf of the Joint MRAP Vehicle Program.

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ROCHESTER, N.Y., 26 Dec. 2009. Harris Corp., an international communications and information technology company, won a $228 million order from the U.S. Marine Corps to provide Falcon II AN/VRC-104 high-frequency radio systems for use in U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) MRAP-All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV).

The contract was awarded by the U.S. Marine Corps - Systems Command on behalf of the Joint MRAP Vehicle Program.

"The Department of Defense will use the AN/VRC-104 radio system to provide reliable, secure beyond line-of-sight terrestrial communications for this new class of armored vehicle," explains Steve Marschilok, president, Department of Defense Business, Harris RF Communications. "Beyond line-of-sight communications - such as HF and tactical satellite -- are essential in Afghanistan because of its mountainous terrain.

"M-ATVs are playing a crucial role in the Afghanistan war, and we're pleased the DoD has again recognized our radios are the best choice for this urgent and important mission," Marshilok adds.

The AN/VRC-104 is a vehicular transceiver/amplifier that includes the AN/PRC-150(C), the only Type-1 certified HF radio available today, according to a company representative.

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