Harris Receives the 2005 Frost & Sullivan Competitive Strategy Leadership Award.
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The U.S. Marines have signed on Harris for an indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to supply it with High Frequency (HF) radios, spares, and training. The AN/PRC-150 is an HF radio with unique embedded communications security, which is certified for transmission of classified information. This sophisticated radio operates in the 1.6-60 MHz (HF/VHF) range.
"The flexibility of the HF frequency spectrum gives maneuver units increased connectivity, especially since the satellite communication channels are so congested," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Brad Curran. "HF has the ability to project over mountains and urban areas, bounce off the ionosphere, and come back down, making it extremely useful for over the horizon communications."
Harris' AN/PRC-117F radio is also highly useful for enabling access to a broad range of communication modes and can replace several legacy line of sight and tactical satellite communication radios. It is interoperable with current systems such as HaveQuick, Single Channel Ground to Air Radio System (SINCGARS), Satellite Communications, and Demand Assigned Multiple Access (DAMA), with a Very High Frequency/Ultra High Frequency (VHF/UHF) range of 30 MHz to 512 MHz.
The Harris AN/PRC-117F can be utilized in both wide and narrow bands. This flexibility helps military teams to use it for a variety of communication needs, including inter-team radio communications, which simplifies equipment and battery requirements. "The 117F has the capability of a SINCGARS radio, a UHF PRC-113 HaveQuick, and a DAMA radio with satellite communications that go up to 56 kilobits in two different modes," observes Curran.
It also has a ground line of sight data capability of 64 kilobits, while most current radios are 16 kilobits. This is a four-time increase in data throughput in a single radio. Since communications security is also embedded, there is no need to carry additional cryptographic equipment and cables.
"With U.S. forces moving toward the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS), interim radios such as the AN/PRC-150 and 117F are central to the process, and essential for continued operational success," notes Curran. "They are now available with software reprogrammable capabilities that bridge the gap between legacy and new tactical military communication systems. Additional Harris participation in JTRS development includes membership on the BAE Systems JTRS Cluster 1 Team, concentrating on the communications security subsystem. Harris is also working on the pre System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the Airborne and Maritime/Fixed Station (AMF) JTRS cluster. Harris manpack radio equipment has been selected by the Joint Program Office Phase IIB Software Communication Architecture (SCA) compliant testing, to validate waveforms under development. In addition, Harris has developed a multiband handheld Intra/Inter Team Radio that is undergoing National Security Agency (NSA) communications security certification, to meet the Software Defined Radio (SDR) needs of the services for a JTRS-capable handheld radio."
Harris' competitive strategy of providing systems integration solutions and innovative technologies in a range of tactical military communications-related programs has earned it the trust of the government and made it one of the most influential contractors in the DoD acquisition community.
Held in Fort Myers, Fla, Frost & Sullivan's 2005 Best Practices Awards Banquet honors world-class companies for outstanding performance and achievements in their industries. An annual event, the banquet recognizes the quality and merit of distinguished individuals and companies.
Harris RF Communications Division is a leading supplier of secure voice and data communications products, systems and networks to military, government, and commercial organizations worldwide. Harris Corporation is an international communications technology company focused on providing assured communications(TM) products, systems and services for government and commercial customers. The company's four operating divisions serve markets for government communications, tactical radio, broadcast, and microwave systems. Harris provides systems and service to customers in more than 150 countries. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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