Harris Corp. releases Falcon III next-generation VHF handheld tactical radio for international markets

ROCHESTER, N.Y., 21 Feb. 2009. Harris Corp., an international communications and information technology company, has released the Falcon III next-generation VHF handheld radio. The new RF-7800V-HH VHF handheld tactical radio is designed to expand the communication capabilities of warfighters on the networked battlefield, and to provide features and performance greater than any other VHF radio currently available, whether handheld or manpack.

ROCHESTER, N.Y., 21 Feb. 2009.Harris Corp., an international communications and information technology company, has released the Falcon III next-generation VHF handheld radio.

The new RF-7800V-HH VHF handheld tactical radio is designed to expand the communication capabilities of warfighters on the networked battlefield, and to provide features and performance greater than any other VHF radio currently available, whether handheld or manpack.

"Harris is evolving its solutions based on the real-world experience of working with militaries and governments around the world everyday," says Dana Mehnert, president, Harris RF Communications. "As forces continue to invest in advanced technology, such as Battlefield Management Systems and network backbone infrastructure, it's vital that we field innovative tactical communication solutions to extend these systems and leverage their power to maximize the capability, longevity, and value of our customers' investments."

The RF-7800V-HH features direct plug-n-play USB and Ethernet inputs, eliminating the need for a PC to bridge the radio to peripherals, such as webcams or digital cameras, and optimizing it for ease of use in the field. Its ability to connect directly to a USB mass storage device enables easy transfer of mission information or other data.

The RF-7800V-HH radio's MELP vocoder technology delivers an extended communication range beyond other VHF tactical radios, reveals a representative. In addition, MELP ensures maximum voice communication quality and clarity. Dual Net Push to Talk (PTT) capability unifies upper and lower echelon communication by giving operators instant access to two discrete communication networks with the push of a key. To ensure easy and intuitive use, a split-screen display shows key details for both networks in use.

The RF-7800V-HH enables communication of situational awareness information to Battlefield Management Systems (BMS), such as C2PC or other off-the-shelf solutions, via the combination of an embedded GPS receiver and a new TDMA waveform. For both mounted and dismounted use, the RF-7800V-HH provides greater flexibility for BMS situational awareness, and commanders can monitor individual radios on a BMS interface with no interruption of voice or situational awareness data.

"We have built the RF-7800V-HH to be an optimal combination of leading-edge technology and intuitive usability for today's soldier -- every bit of the radio's increased performance has a purpose in making it a more valuable communication tool," says Ted Knowles, director of international product management, Harris RF Communications. "This new radio enables faster, more effective decision-making on the battlefield through increased situational awareness and faster movement of critical information through a highly portable platform."

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