Harris Corp. has received a $7.6 M order from the US Department of Defense (DoD) for its Falcon III® AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radio systems. The DoD is acquiring the radios to provide deployed forces with expanded wireless tactical communications capabilities such as video, e-mail and collaborative chat.

The field-proven AN/PRC-117G is a first-of-its-kind radio, delivering unprecedented situational awareness through wideband networking of the battlefield. The system delivers critical real-time information to warfighters on the move and their field commanders through a man-portable software-defined radio with significantly reduced size and weight. The Falcon III radio platform enables missions such as checkpoint and patrol biometrics, convoy tracking, route planning and fires de-confliction.

"The AN/PRC-117G enables network connectivity to the tactical edge in real-time and delivers significant new combat applications to the squad and below level,'' said Brendan O'Connell, President, Department of Defense business unit, Harris RF Communications. "With the wideband networking capabilities of the 117G, forces will have real-time access to intelligence, situational awareness and effective fires."