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Harris RF-310M-HH radio simplifies interoperable tactical communications


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Harris Corporation
: 04 September, 2009  (Application Story)
Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, today announced it has received certification from the National Security
Agency (NSA) for the Harris RF-310M-HH, the world's first tactical radio to utilize new encryption technology designed to simplify the enabling of communications interoperability within multinational coalitions.
Harris and NSA collaborated on the new technology, which is based on a
set of commercial algorithms and keying techniques defined as 'Suite B.'

The Harris RF-310M-HH is a multiband, multi-mission, software-defined
Suite B radio certified to transmit voice and data up to the U.S. SECRET
level. The objective of the Harris/NSA joint project is to make it
easier for U.S. forces and coalition partners to communicate on the
battlefield, resulting in improved coordination, easier mission planning
and reduced instances of friendly fire. These radios will be
commercially available to coalition partners with limited restrictions
and will enable secure communications with U.S. troops using other
equipment such as the JTRS-approved Falcon III(R) AN/PRC-152(C) handheld
and AN/PRC-117G manpack radios. The RF-310M-HH has also been submitted
to NATO's Military Committee Communications and Information Systems
Security and Evaluation Agency for NATO SECRET traffic certification.

'Through our work with the NSA in developing the RF-310M-HH radio, we
are jointly addressing an emerging need for enabling tactical
communications between coalition partners,' said Dana Mehnert, Group
President, Harris RF Communications. 'This radio delivers the advantages
of encrypted waveform interoperability, protecting voice and data to
SECRET levels of information security without the handling rules and
regulations governing controlled cryptographic items (CCI). This
capability simplifies security, logistics and operational planning.'

The RF-310M-HH radio offers an easy-to-use, cost-effective way of
transforming the ad-hoc nature of communications among coalition
partners in conflicts such as the war in Afghanistan. This new radio
will enable nations in the International Security Assistance Force to
modernize and securely interoperate throughout the coalition.

The RF-310M-HH radio, covering the 30 MHz to 512 MHz frequency range,
leverages the expertise of Harris Corporation as the leading provider of
software-defined tactical radios around the world. The RF-310M-HH is
interoperable with the JTRS-approved AN/PRC-152(C) handheld and
AN/PRC-117G manpack radios. There are more than 80,000 AN/PRC-152(C)
radios deployed around the world.

The RF-310M-HH radio is based on the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)
and uses the Sierra 2B Core Software, recently certified by the NSA. The
radio also includes the Type-3 APCO P25 waveform, enabling
interoperability with public safety first responders. Because the
RF-310M-HH is a software-defined radio built and compliant with the
Software Communications Architecture (SCA), the radio is positioned to
host other current and future waveforms.
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