U.S. Army Installs JTRS-Approved Falcon III Radios from Harris Corporation into UAVs
By Robotics Trends Staff - Filed Feb 26, 2008
New Application Significantly Extends Communications Distances

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, is providing its JTRS-approved Falcon III® AN/PRC-152(C) handheld radios to the U.S. Army to extend the communications capabilities of soldiers serving in mountainous and urban environments.

The Army is installing Falcon III AN/PRC-152(C) radios in Shadow 200 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles as part of a relay system to significantly extend the distance communication signals can travel. The radios provide critical aerial communication links for soldiers on the ground operating in obstructed line-of-sight environments.

The Army selected the Falcon III AN/PRC-152(C) after extensive performance testing and field evaluations involving several potential vendors.

“This new application underscores the multimode, multimission capabilities and very small size of the Falcon III AN/PRC-152(C),” said George Helm, vice president and general manager, U.S. Government Products, Harris RF Communications. “Using the communications relay enabled by this next-generation radio, soldiers are able to communicate over long distances, even in mountainous or urban terrain. Perhaps most significantly, the UAV-based AN/PRC-152(C) radios are providing critical communications links to a majority of the Army’s installed base of legacy radios, including SINCGARS.”

The multiband, multimission Falcon III AN/PRC-152(C) is the most widely deployed JTRS-approved radio, with more than 30,000 deployed around the world. In addition to SINCGARS capability, the radio provides ultra-high frequency (UHF) ground-to-ground line-of-sight communications, close-air support, tactical satellite communications and programmable encryption.

The AN/PRC-152(C) also serves as the handheld-based transceiver of the Falcon III® AN/VRC-110, a high-performance, multiband vehicular radio platform that offers an immediately available JTRS-approved alternative to legacy SINCGARS radios.

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.

About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual revenue of almost $5 billion and 16,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications™ products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at http://www.harris.com.

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Contact Information
Kevin Aman
RF Communications

585-241-8186

Jim Burke
Harris Corporation

321-727-9131

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