The US Navy has awarded a contract to Harris to deliver Falcon III RF-310M-HH multiband handheld software-defined radios, as part of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) tactical radio modernisations.
Under the $7m contract, Harris will supply the multiband handheld radios that are compatible with Suite-B encryption to provide coalition-interoperable communications, as well as delivering secure voice, video and data in real-time.
Harris RF Communications Department of Defense business president George Helm said: "The RF-310M will provide the navy with important new communications capabilities for a wide range of missions."
The multi-band, multi-mission, RF-310M radio uses type-1 Suite-B encryption algorithms to provide voice and data transmissions protection up to SECRET level classification.
The Suite-B algorithm’s commercial advanced encryption standard enables it to be classified as a non-cryptographically controlled item.
As the first National Security Agency certified tactical radio, the RF-310M-HH is interoperable with tactical radios such as the Falcon III AN/PRC-152(C) handheld and AN/PRC-117G manpack radios.
It features programmable encryption technology, a software communications architecture (SCA) and can provide frequency coverage ranging from 30MHz-512MHz.
The RF-310M-HH radio uses the Sierra IIB programmable encryption module and also hosts the APCO P25 waveform to provide secure interoperation with other tactical radios.
In addition to addressing interoperability challenges during coalition and interagency operations, the radio is also compatible with devices used by police and other emergency response organisations.
The next generation Falcon III radios are designed to support the needs of the US military’s joint tactical radio system (JTRS), as well as network-centric operations worldwide.