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Harris Corporation Receives $21 Million in Orders from U.S. Marine Corps for Falcon III AN/PRC-117G Wideband Radio Systems
Dec 09, 2010 (12:12 PM EST)


ROCHESTER, N.Y., Dec. 9, 2010  /PRNewswire/ --

Highlights:

  • Harris providing Marines with additional AN/PRC-117G radio systems for secure, high-speed voice and data communications.
  • AN/PRC-117G systems will enable the continued rollout by the Marines of wideband tactical networking capability.
  • Demonstrates Harris leadership in wireless communications for connecting warfighters at the edge to information resources and combat applications.

Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has received orders from the U.S. Marine Corps totaling $21 million for additional Falcon III® AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radios, vehicular amplifier adapters and other accessories.  The Marine Corps will acquire the systems as part of its accelerating transition to high-speed, wideband networked tactical communications.  The orders were received in July, August and September.

The AN/PRC-117G radio provides warfighters with unprecedented situational awareness of the battlefield by enabling applications such as streaming video, simultaneous voice and data feeds, collaborative chat, and connectivity to secure networks.  The wideband networking capabilities of the AN/PRC-117G give warfighters critical real-time information through a man-portable radio that is smaller, lighter and more capable than legacy units.   The AN/PRC-117G is the first JTRS Software Communications Architecture (SCA)-certified and NSA Type-1 certified wideband manpack radio system.

"The continued deployment of the AN/PRC-117G radio will provide more Marines with the advanced interoperable communications they need for current and future mission success," said Brendan O'Connell, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications.   "The radio expands the availability of next-generation combat applications that will result in better coordination and communication in the heat of battle.  In addition, AN/PRC-117G is software-defined, offering the flexibility to continuously and rapidly deliver on evolving requirements and emerging mission needs."

The AN/PRC-117G is also upgradeable via new Harris Mission Modules, which provide additional functionality such as a second wideband channel.  The Mission Modules attach to the AN/PRC-117G through an open, standardized and interchangeable architecture.  This allows users to take only the capabilities they need into the field, while optimizing size, weight and power capabilities.

The Falcon III AN/PRC-117G and the entire Falcon III® family of radios are becoming the standard for advanced tactical communications throughout the world, having been widely adopted by the U.S. Department of Defense, federal agencies and key allies such as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.

The AN/PRC-117G manpack radio was developed following the U.S. Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program's Enterprise Business Model (EBM).  The EBM encourages companies to develop next-generation solutions in tactical communications using their own investment capital.  In doing so, the EBM encourages competition, increases innovation, reduces costs and speeds development of important capabilities.

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 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

This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect management's current expectations, assumptions and estimates of future performance and economic conditions.  Such statements are made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  The company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and future trends to differ materially from those matters expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Statements about the expected value of the program to Harris are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties.  Harris disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

SOURCE Harris Corporation