USMC to receive Falcon III AN/PRC-117G tactical radios from Harris

19 May 2013 (Last Updated May 19th, 2013 18:30)

The US Marine Corps (USMC) has awarded a contract to Harris to supply Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS)-certified Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack tactical radios.

PRC-117 radio and SATCOM antenna

The US Marine Corps (USMC) has awarded a contract to Harris to supply Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS)-certified Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack tactical radios.

Under the $26m contract, Harris will supply radios for individual warfighters while expanding wideband tactical networking capabilities for the USMC.

The mobile ad-hoc communication network radios will be used to exchange voice, video and tactical data reports for enhanced situational awareness on the battlefield.

Harris RF Communications Department of Defense business president George Helm said that the USMC is procuring Falcon III radios and systems to deploy them as the backbone of its tactical networking initiatives.

"The AN/PRC-117G is field-proven and supports joint operations through its Type-1 implementation of wideband and legacy waveforms," Helm added.

"Harris will supply radios for individual warfighters while expanding wideband tactical networking capabilities for the USMC."

"The radio is also software-defined, which allows for easy upgrades to emerging technologies."

Significantly lighter and consuming less power than previous generation manpack radios, the AN/PRC-117G can operate off a single standard battery while maintaining peak transmit power of 10W VHF and 20W UHF.

Suited for deployment in joint missions, the extensively tested AN/PRC-117G radio also provides critical real-time information to warfighters on the move, while enhancing unprecedented situational awareness on the battlefield.

Equipped to host the new Mobile User Objective Satellite waveform, the radio has been developed for future upgrade to the soldier radio waveform (SRW) and uses the Harris Adaptive Networking Wideband Waveform (ANW2) for high bandwidth data operation.

More than 30,000 AN/PRC-117G radios have been deployed with all branches of the US DoD and allies, including Canada, the UK, Germany, Australia, Spain and Poland.


Image: A soldier uses a PRC-117 radio and SATCOM antenna aboard USS Nassau (LHA 4). Photo courtesy of US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Leslie L. Tomaino Released.

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