MELBOURNE, Fla. and ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 20, 2011

Harris Corporation Receives $9.4 Million Order from U.S. Air Force to Supply Falcon III AN/PRC-117G Multiband Manpack Radios


  • Providing additional AN/PRC-117G radios to U.S. Air Force to provide wideband tactical communications capabilities.
  • Radios are part of Air Force transition to a networked digital battlefield that delivers voice and high-bandwidth data capabilities to forces at the tactical edge.
  • Improved interoperability provides enhanced coordination and mission planning, while reducing risk of friendly fire.

Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has received a $9.4 million order from the U.S. Air Force for additional Falcon III® AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radio systems.  The Air Force is acquiring the AN/PRC-117G in support of emerging applications in situational awareness, intelligence and analysis and real-time battlefield collaboration.

The field-proven AN/PRC-117G will provide Air Force personnel with unprecedented situational awareness through wideband networking of the battlefield.  The software-defined, upgradeable AN/PRC-117G delivers critical real-time information to warfighters on the move and their commanders via a man-portable radio system with significantly reduced size and weight. The AN/PRC-117G platform enables a growing number of network-enabled missions such as intelligence reporting and analysis, collaborative chat, route planning, MEDEVAC, convoy tracking and checkpoint biometrics.

The AN/PRC-117G is the first JTRS Software Communications Architecture-certified and NSA Type-1 certified wideband manpack radio system.  With its fully integrated and NSA-certified High Assurance Internet Protocol Equipment (HAIPE) networking encryption, the AN/PRC-117G provides the highest level of information assurance to tactical units.

"Widely deployed by all branches of the Department of Defense, the Falcon III AN/PRC-117G is providing the DoD with the battlefield networking solution it needs for the current challenges of warfare," said Brendan O'Connell, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications.  "Successfully fielded across Operation Enduring Freedom, the AN/PRC-117G addresses the full range of networking capabilities while enabling the mission-critical requirements of the future."

The Falcon III AN/PRC-117G and other Falcon III radios have been adopted by the U.S. Department of Defense, federal agencies and key allies such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, other NATO countries and Australia. In 2010, C4ISR Journal named the AN/PRC-117G as a Big 25 award winner in the category of network systems, recognizing the technology for having "a significant impact in defeating terrorists, preventing attacks, and enabling troops to make the right decisions on the battlefield."

The development of the AN/PRC-117G manpack radio has followed the U.S. Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program's Enterprise Business Model (EBM).  The EBM encourages companies to develop next-generation solutions in tactical communications using their own investment capital.  In doing so, the EBM encourages competition, increases innovation, reduces costs and speeds development of important capabilities.

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 $6 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

Forward-Looking Statements

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