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Harris Corporation and ITT Corporation Team to Accelerate Availability of Soldier Radio Waveform
Oct 22, 2010 (02:10 PM EDT)


Companies Utilize SRW to Transmit Voice and Data Between Falcon IIIĀ® AN/PRC-117G, ITT Soldier Radio

ROCHESTER, N.Y. and FORT WAYNE, Ind., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

Highlights:

  • Speeds availability of the JTRS Soldier Radio Waveform.
  • Harris expects to release integrated SRW in AN/PRC-117G manpack next summer.
  • Adds government wideband waveform to AN/PRC-117G for voice, data and networking.

Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) and ITT Corporation (NYSE: ITT) are collaborating to accelerate the fielding of the Soldier Radio Waveform, a central piece of the U.S. 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 U.S. 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-117G manpack, 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 U.S. 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.

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.

About ITT Corporation

ITT Corporation is a high-technology engineering and manufacturing company operating on all seven continents in three vital markets: water and fluids management, global defense and security, and motion and flow control.  With a heritage of innovation, ITT partners with its customers to deliver extraordinary solutions that create more livable environments, provide protection and safety and connect our world.  Headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., the company reported 2009 revenue of $10.9 billion. www.itt.com.

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 approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 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 www.harris.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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