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Falcon II radios to be used in Marine Corps M-ATV units


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Harris Corporation
: 24 December, 2009  (Application Story)
The US Marine Corps has chosen high frequency beyond line-of-site radio communication systems from Harris RF Communications for use in MRAP All Terrain Vehicles
Harris, an international communications and information technology company, has received a $228 million order from the US Marine Corps to provide Falcon II AN/VRC-104 high-frequency radio systems for use in US Department of Defence (DoD) MRAP-All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV). The contract was awarded by the US Marine Corps - Systems Command on behalf of the Joint MRAP Vehicle Program.

'The Department of Defence will use the AN/VRC-104 radio system to provide reliable, secure beyond line-of-sight terrestrial communications for this new class of armoured vehicle,' said Steve Marschilok, president, Department of Defence Business, Harris RF Communications.

'Beyond line-of-sight communications - such as HF and tactical satellite - are essential in Afghanistan because of its mountainous terrain.

'M-ATVs are playing a crucial role in the Afghanistan war, and we're pleased the DoD has again recognized our radios are the best choice for this urgent and important mission,' he added.

The AN/VRC-104 is a vehicular transceiver/amplifier that includes the AN/PRC-150(C), the only Type-1 certified HF radio available today. Harris HF radios are in widespread use by all branches of the US Department of Defence and allies around the world. Harris was recognized previously by the DoD for outstanding performance in delivering more than 10,000 radio systems to the original MRAP program.

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 US military's Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) requirements, as well as network-centric operations worldwide.
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