Harris Corporation Receives $24.5 Million Order From U.S. Army and U.S. Department of Defense for Falcon III Handheld and Vehicular Tactical Radio Systems — Press Release

by: Matthew Potter
January 5, 2011

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Harris Corporation Receives $24.5 Million Order From U.S. Army and U.S. Department of Defense for Falcon III Handheld and Vehicular Tactical Radio Systems


* U.S. Army acquiring additional handheld radio systems to provide soldiers with multiband tactical communications in line-of-sight applications.
* Radios ordered with DX rating – signifying highest acquisition priority for rapid delivery
* Expands widespread adoption of Falcon III® AN/PRC-152(C), with more than 130,000 radios deployed.

Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has received a $24.5 million order to provide the U.S. Army and the U.S. Department of Defense with Falcon III® handheld and vehicular tactical radio systems. Harris will provide the U.S. Army with Falcon III® AN/PRC-152(C) multiband handheld radios and ancillary equipment and the U.S. Department of Defense with Falcon III® AN/VRC-110 vehicular tactical radio systems for use in Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles.

The U.S. Army is acquiring AN/PRC-152(C) multimission handheld radios to provide line-of-sight tactical communications to the dismounted warfighter. The AN/PRC-152(C) is the most widely fielded NSA Type-1 certified, JTRS SCA-certified handheld radio, with more than 130,000 units deployed worldwide.

The DoD is acquiring the Falcon III® AN/VRC-110 systems for use in multiple variants of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. The AN/VRC-110 is an amplifier adapter that includes two AN/PRC-152(C) radios, which serve as handheld transceivers. The radios and vehicular amplifier adapter systems for MRAP vehicles were ordered with a DX rating – signifying the DoD’s highest acquisition priority for rapid delivery.

“Harris Falcon series of radios are installed in the majority of MRAP vehicles deployed to Afghanistan,” said Brendan O’Connell, president, U.S. Department of Defense business Harris RF Communications. “We’re continuing to improve and develop new capabilities for the AN/PRC-152(C) to meet emerging mission requirements. Harris Falcon III radio systems are now deployed by all branches of the U.S. Department of Defense and key U.S. allies.”

The DoD acquired the AN/PRC-152(C) and AN/VRC-110 systems radios via the Consolidated Single-Channel Handheld Radio (CSCHR) contract through the Joint Program Executive Office of the Joint Tactical Radio System. The AN/PRC-152(C) and AN/VRC-110 were developed under the JTRS Enterprise Business Model (EBM). The EBM encourages companies to develop next-generation solutions in tactical communications using their own investment capital to integrate JTRS waveform software. In doing so, the EBM stimulates competition, increases innovation, and reduces costs through software re-use.

Harris RF Communications is the leading global supplier of secure radio communications and embedded high-grade encryption solutions for military, government and commercial organizations. The company’s Falcon® family of software-defined tactical radio systems encompasses manpack, handheld and vehicular applications. Falcon III is the next generation of radios supporting the U.S. military’s Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) requirements, as well as network-centric operations worldwide. Harris RF Communications is also a leading supplier of assured communications® systems and equipment for public safety, utility and transportation markets — with products ranging from the most advanced IP voice and data networks to portable and mobile single- and multiband radios.

About Harris Corporation

Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 16,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect management’s current expectations, assumptions and estimates of future performance and economic conditions. Such statements are made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and future trends to differ materially from those matters expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements about the expected value of the program to Harris are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties. Harris disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

SOURCE Harris Corporation

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