Harris completes successful interoperability testing of Falcon III manpack radio with MUOS
Harris Corp., an international communications and information technology company, has successfully completed initial interoperability testing of its widely fielded Falcon III® AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radio hosting the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) waveform. MUOS is the next-generation U.S. Department of Defense military satellite communications system for delivering cellular-based service through tactical radios.
"Harris is rapidly delivering on its commitment to offer the MUOS waveform in AN/PRC-117G tactical radios," said George Helm, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications. "Simple software upgrades will bring MUOS to more than 30,000 AN/PRC-117G radios already in use, giving the DoD the most cost-effective solution for rapidly transitioning its tactical satellite radio inventory to support this important new capability."
The recent test demonstrated interoperability with the addition of MUOS software to AN/PRC-117G radios that were unmodified from their standard hardware configurations. It was conducted at the Joint Tactical Networking Center MUOS Reference Implementation Laboratory in San Diego, California.
Harris now begins a new round of tests of the AN/PRC-117G at the U.S. government MUOS system integration labs in Arizona. The radio successfully completed separate on-air tests last year in San Diego and near the North Pole.
Harris RF Communications is the leading global supplier of secure radio communications and embedded high-grade encryption solutions for military, government and commercial organizations. The company's Falcon® family of software-defined tactical radio systems encompasses manpack, handheld and vehicular applications. Falcon III® is the next generation of radios supporting the U.S. military's Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) requirements, as well as network-centric operations worldwide. Harris RF Communications is also a leading supplier of assured communications® systems and equipment for public safety, utility and transportation markets — with products ranging from the most advanced IP voice and data networks to portable and mobile single and multiband radios.