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Falcon III(R) Secure Personal Radio (SPR) for Swedish Soldier Radio Program


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Harris Corporation
: 02 July, 2009  (Application Story)
RF-7800S radio will become the standard platform for secure communication of
voice, data and situational awareness for squads and platoons
Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has been awarded a contract to deliver the RF-7800S Secure Personal Radio for Sweden's Inter/Intra Group Radio (IGR) program. The contract is a multi-year framework agreement with an initial quantity of 900 radios to be delivered in July 2009.

The RF-7800S will provide Swedish soldiers with an easy-to-operate
solution for voice and wideband data communications. The radio will
initially be fielded in the Nordic Battle Group to keep squads and
platoons continually connected to critical real-time information during
operations. Compact and weighing less than 600 grams, yet fully
ruggedized to military specifications, the RF-7800S ensures high
portability and reliability in the field.

'Our goal is to enhance the communication capabilities within individual
squads, as well as provide detailed information exchange between squad
and platoon levels, enabling safer and more effective operations,' said
Maria Holmberg, Project Manager for IGR at Swedish Defence Materiel
Administration (FMV.) 'The Harris RF-7800S delivered the voice and data
capabilities critical to our application, combined with a superior level
of durability and performance.'

Designed specifically to address the unique requirements of
soldier-level communications, the Harris RF-7800S offers full-duplex
voice capability, allowing several soldiers to talk simultaneously with
an unlimited number of listeners - resulting in more natural use among
group members. The advanced waveform, coupled with the 350- to 450-MHz
frequency band, provides more than 2 kilometers range over open terrain,
and superior penetration of buildings and dense foliage. An integrated
GPS receiver enables real-time position tracking of each user and a
high-speed USB interface facilitates direct connection of other C4
devices. All transmissions are secured by standard Advanced Encryption
Standard (AES) or Citadel(R) II digital encryption.

'The RF-7800S will give Sweden's Armed Forces a platform to connect the
soldier to the network-centric battle space,' said Dana Mehnert, group
president, Harris RF Communications. 'This radio will deliver the
capabilities required immediately for operations today, as well as the
flexibility to integrate with ongoing system developments such as
Sweden's MARKUS soldier modernization program.'

The RF-7800S has been adopted by more than 20 countries, including the
Norwegian Defense Force's NORMANS program. The radio is currently being
considered as a platform for several additional standardization programs
worldwide.
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