Harris Corp. demonstrates JTRS battlefield networking technology on Falcon III manpack radios

WASHINGTON, 6 Oct. 2009. Harris Corp., an international communications and information technology company, has demonstrated the exchange of high-bandwidth voice, video, and text over a Falcon III AN/PRC-117G radio network using wideband waveforms developed by the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program.

Oct 6th, 2009

WASHINGTON, 6 Oct. 2009. Harris Corp., an international communications and information technology company, has demonstrated the exchange of high-bandwidth voice, video, and text over a Falcon III AN/PRC-117G radio network using wideband waveforms developed by the Joint Tactical Radio System(JTRS) program.

"Our demonstration illustrates the capability of the AN/PRC-117G radio to form robust communication networks that provide interoperability among air, ground, and satellite assets. This radio is compliant with the JTRS Software Communications Architecture and adheres to the DoD's open-standards approach to radio technology," says Steve Marschilok, president, Department of Defense Business Unit, Harris RF Communications.

The networks will operate advanced wideband and legacy narrowband waveforms. The AN/PRC-117G connects commanders and their deployed personnel in numerous ways so they can take advantage of critical new applications reaching the battlefield.

The demonstrations involved a local area network of AN/PRC-117G radios operating the JTRS Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW), JTRS Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW), and Harris Advanced Networking Wideband Waveform (ANW2). During the demonstration, Harris used the waveforms to demonstrate capabilities--including transmitting and receiving streaming live video, chat-room applications, and the Tactical Ground Reporting System (TIGR)--at various levels of the battlefield.

The demonstration was made possible through the JTRS Enterprise Business Model. Harris ported the WNW and SRW waveforms from the JTRS Information Repository into the AN/PRC-117G and developed them into a demonstration state in about five months, says a company representative.

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