The US Marine Corps (USMC) has awarded a contract to Harris to deliver its Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multiband networking manpack radios.
The delivery under this $36m contract is expected to support the USMC with improved and extended voice and data connectivity down to the squad level.
Harris’ Falcon III manpack radios offer high-bandwidth communications for streaming video, simultaneous voice and data feeds, in addition to other situational awareness capabilities.
Harris Communication Systems tactical communications president Brendan O’Connell said: "With the AN/PRC-117G, Marines on the move and their field commanders will have access to critical, real-time information to support the types of contingency operations they anticipate in the future.
"This award is another step in helping the Marine Corps expand the application of wideband tactical networking."
Claimed to be the smallest, lightest and most capable two-channel manpack radio currently available, it can operate over the new MUOS military communications satellite without any hardware modifications.
In addition, the solution offers an internet potential to the battlefield.
The system also integrates the necessary features for all units of the US Department of Defense and uses a single battery, reducing size and weight for the dismounted soldier, as well as supporting multichannel cross-banding.
In January, Harris received a $15m contract from the USMC to next-generation Falcon III multichannel manpack tactical radios.
The contract was aimed to support the USMC’s AN/MRC-145 programme.