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HARRIS WINS $180 MILLION U.S. NAVY CONTRACT FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY SHIPBOARD RADIO SYSTEMS

 HARRIS WINS $180 MILLION U.S. NAVY CONTRACT
 FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY SHIPBOARD RADIO SYSTEMS
 MELBOURNE, Fla., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command has awarded Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) a contract to supply a new generation of high-frequency (HF) radio- communication systems for surface ships. The contract is for $180 million over a six-year period, with an initial award of $33.5 million.
 HF radio is used for ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore long-range, over-the-horizon communications. Under the contract, Harris RF Communications Division will supply approximately 100 complete HF shipsets, which will be used for retrofitting a portion of the Navy's major surface ships and for new construction. Each shipset includes multiple HF transmitters and receivers, plus a remote-control subsystem.
 The Harris systems incorporate a newly developed approach to broadband HF radio architecture. This new design overcomes the drawbacks inherent in conventional narrowband systems and broadband powerbank systems, permitting simultaneous operation of multiple transmitters and receivers in a co-located environment while minimizing mutual interference.
 "This is one of the largest contracts ever awarded by the U.S. Navy for HF radio systems," said Bruce W. Fennie, vice president-general manager of the Harris RF Communications Division. "The contract is a significant win for Harris, and it also opens major opportunities for the future. We will be in a strong position to compete for refitting the rest of the fleet, and we believe that these state-of-the-art systems will have widespread appeal to navies throughout the world."
 Harris is installing similar systems aboard 12 new Canadian Patrol Frigates under a $22.5 million contract from Montreal-based Paramax Electronics, Inc. Results from the frigate sea trials have validated the effectiveness of the new Harris broadband architecture in eliminating intermodulation interference.
 The Harris RF Communications Division, headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., is a world leader in the design, manufacture, installation and support of advanced HF, VHF, and UHF radio equipment, COMSEC equipment, digital imaging transmission systems, and complete turnkey communication systems and networks.
 Harris Corporation, with worldwide sales of more than $3 billion, is focused on four major businesses: electronic systems, semiconductors, communications, and Lanier Worldwide office equipment.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Burke, director of media relations of Harris Corporation, 407-727-9126/
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