Harris Corp. and ITT Corp. are collaborating to accelerate the fielding of the Soldier Radio Waveform, a central piece of the US Department of Defense vision for a networked digital battlefield.
Harris and ITT have successfully exchanged voice and data between the Harris Falcon III® AN/PRC-117G manpack and ITT's Soldier Radio development model using the specified SRW Version 1.01.1C. This is the first time that independently developed tactical radios have interoperated using open-standard wideband JTRS technology. Both the AN/PRC-117G and ITT's Soldier Radio were developed under the JTRS Enterprise Business Model, which is designed to spur innovation in tactical communications. Harris' rapid implementation demonstrates the portability of SRW.
The Soldier Radio Waveform is being developed to serve as a standard for wideband tactical communications for the US Department of Defense. SRW will deliver voice, data and high-bandwidth networking capabilities to forces at the tactical edge.
Following the success of the exercise, Harris plans to conduct additional testing to include additional SRW features, such as communications security and SRW Network Manager integration. The company is integrating SRW into the AN/PRC-117Gmanpack, with release expected next summer.
"Harris and ITT have validated the utility and portability of SRW and are accelerating its availability to warfighters as part of a joint tactical wideband data radio network. This demonstrates the benefits of the JTRS Enterprise Business Model," said Brendan O'Connell, President, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications. "The successful exchange of voice and data over SRW illustrates the ability of the AN/PRC-117G to add standard US Government waveforms from the JTRS information repository through technology insertion."
The Harris Falcon III AN/PRC-117G is the first wideband manpack radio system with a JTRS-certified Software Communications Architecture and NSA Type-1 certified information security. The radio's wideband architecture enables applications such as streaming video, simultaneous voice and data feeds, collaborative chat, and connectivity to secure networks such as SIPRNet, providing warfighters and field commanders with critical real-time information through a man-portable radio that is significantly smaller, lighter and more capable than legacy units.
The ITT Soldier Radio is a next generation of software-defined wideband communication capability for the dismounted soldier that provides dynamic ad hoc networked voice and data under all combat conditions. This Soldier Radio leverages on the maturity of ITT-developed SRW-with several years of field experiments, demonstrations and tests, including the most recent 36-node test at Fort Dix-and ITT's advanced technology optimized for low size, weight, power and cost. ITT's insertion of advanced hardware has enabled simplified portability and higher waveform performance. Given the proven maturity, scalability and performance of SRW, and the ubiquity of SRW in the Army's architecture, the ITT Soldier Radio will enable the warfighter to achieve an affordable network centric capability for the dismounted Soldier.