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March 12, 2008
Rochester, N.Y.Harris Corporation is providing its JTRS-approved Falcon III AN/PRC-152 handheld radios to the U.S. Army to extend the communications capabilities of soldiers serving in mountainous and urban environments. The Army is installing ...

Rochester, N.Y.Harris Corporation is providing its JTRS-approved Falcon III AN/PRC-152 handheld radios to the U.S. Army to extend the communications capabilities of soldiers serving in mountainous and urban environments. The Army is installing Falcon III AN/PRC-152 radios in Shadow 200 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as part of a relay system to significantly extend the distance communication signals can travel. The radios provide critical aerial communication links for soldiers on the ground operating in obstructed line-of-sight environments.

The Army selected the Falcon III AN/PRC-152 after extensive performance testing and field evaluations involving several potential vendors.

"This new application underscores the multimode, multimission capabilities and very small size of the Falcon III AN/PRC-152," said George Helm, vice president and general manager, U.S. Government Products, Harris RF Communications. "Using the communications relay enabled by this next-generation radio, soldiers are able to communicate over long distances, even in mountainous or urban terrain. Perhaps most significantly, the UAV-based AN/PRC-152 radios are providing critical communications links to a majority of the Army's installed base of legacy radios, including SINCGARS."

The multiband, multimission Falcon III AN/PRC-152 is the most widely deployed JTRS-approved radio, with more than 30,000 deployed around the world. In addition to SINCGARS capability, the radio provides ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) ground-to-ground line-of-sight communications, close-air support, tactical satellite communications and programmable encryption.

The AN/PRC-152(C) also serves as the handheld-based transceiver of the Falcon III AN/VRC-110, a high-performance, multiband vehicular radio platform that offers an immediately available JTRS-approved alternative to legacy SINCGARS radios.

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.

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