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U.S. Air Force contract for vehicular radios and new digital tactical intercom system

Harris Corporation : 10 June, 2009  (Company News)
Equipment to be installed in U.S. Air Force Humvees in support of ground missions
Harris Corporation has been awarded a $13.5 million order to provide the U.S. Air Force with both vehicular radios and the new Harris digital tactical intercom system. The equipment will be installed in high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicles or humvees (HMMWVs) in support of Air Force ground missions.

The Air Force is acquiring Harris Falcon III(R) AN/VRC-110 multiband,
multimode vehicular radios, along with the recently introduced RF-7800I
Tactical Intercom System. The RF-7800I provides modular, interoperable
in-vehicle voice and data connectivity among vehicle crew members, while
also creating a network backbone that centralizes access to and control
of vehicular communication assets, including the AN/VRC-110.

'The RF-7800I leverages our leading expertise in software-defined radios
to provide customers with an easy-to-use, digital modular intercom
system with a high degree of flexibility and reliability,' said Dana
Mehnert, group president, Harris RF Communications. 'The system was
designed to interoperate easily with the full family of Harris Falcon
radios, which integrates control and simplifies operations for the

'We are pleased to expand our partnership with the Air Force, which has
already fielded a full range of Harris tactical communications
equipment. The RF-7800I essentially creates a vehicular command and
control center by unifying the operation of technologies that connect
the crew to the broader battlefield network.'


The RF-7800I features a modular, customizable digital architecture
designed to adapt to specific vehicle configurations or mission
requirements. The system's capabilities range from voice-only
communication among vehicle crew members, to voice and data networking
that is interoperable with the full family of Harris Falcon(R) tactical
radios. This networking feature allows crew members to communicate with
dismounted personnel, and other vehicles or command centers via HF, VHF,
UHF, multiband and BGAN (broadband global area network) satellite
communications technology.

Falcon III AN/VRC-110

The AN/VRC-110 is a high-performance, multiband vehicular tactical radio
system that offers users a wide range of capabilities such as SINCGARS
interoperability, APCO P25, ultra high-frequency (UHF) ground-to-ground
line-of-sight communications, close-air support and programmable
encryption. The JTRS-approved AN/PRC-152(C) serves as the handheld
transceiver in the AN/VRC-110 system.
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