Harris Corporation Receives $14.4 Million Order to Supply Additional Type-1 Suite B Handheld Tactical Radios to Coalition Forces

ROCHESTER, N.Y, Jan 10, 2011


  • RF-310M Radio Provides Improved Communications Interoperability for U.S. and International Partners
  • Harris providing additional tactical radios with new Suite B encryption algorithms to bring greater capability to battlefield.
  • Suite B encryption enables simplified secure interoperable communications between coalition and U.S. forces.
  • Harris RF-310M is first NSA-certified tactical radio to utilize Type-1 Suite B encryption.

Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has received a $14.4 million order to provide additional  RF-310M-HH handheld tactical radios for improved secure communications interoperability.

Harris will deliver RF-310M radios to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) under the U.S. Department of Defense Coalition Readiness Support Program.  The multiband, multi-mission, software-defined RF-310M is the first NSA-certified tactical radio to utilize Type-1 Suite-B encryption algorithms for protecting voice and data transmissions up to SECRET level classification.  

Suite B capability enables secure interoperable communication between coalition units using RF-310M-HH radios and U.S. forces using either RF-310M-HH or other Suite B tactical radio products, such as the Falcon III® AN/PRC-152(C) handheld and AN/PRC-117G manpack radios.

"The RF-310M-HH simplifies how forces from different nations communicate in combat by lowering barriers to interoperability," said Brendan O'Connell, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications.  "The result is improved coordination, better mission planning and reduced risk of friendly fire."

The RF-310M-HH radio uses the Sierra IIB programmable encryption module, certified by the NSA in June 2009.  In addition to military applications, the RF-310M-HH also hosts the APCO P25 waveform.  The P25 waveform provides interoperability with radios used by police and other emergency response organizations, allowing the RF-310M-HH to span the gap between tactical and public safety networks.  The RF-310M provides users with programmable encryption technology, a Software Communications Architecture (SCA) and coverage of the entire 30-512 MHz frequency range.

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 online.

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