Monday, August 18, 2008

Harris Shows Military Wideband/Narrowband Secure Personal Radio

Harris is publicly demonstrating its Falcon III RF-300S lightweight, wearable tactical radio designed for the U.S. Department of Defense. The unit will enable the U.S. military to upgrade squad-level communications with rugged, high-performance, software-defined, military-grade radios with built-in GPS.

Harris said its RF-300S will provide the individual warfighter with wideband data and situational awareness in addition to narrowband voice capabilities. The radio runs the APCO Project 25 (P25) waveform, allowing secure interoperability with currently deployed squad radios. It also operates the Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) and the Harris Advanced Wideband Networking Waveform (ANW2) for networked tactical communications. The operating environment in the RF-300S is based on the Software Communications Architecture delivered in Harris Corporation's widely fielded Falcon III line of tactical radios. The RF-300S is secured using the Suite-B algorithms, including AES for encryption, allowing interoperability with other Suite-B enabled communication products. The radio covers a frequency range of 225 MHz to 470 MHz.

Harris is also showcasing the ability of the Falcon III manpack radio to operate the JTRS-developed Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) for wideband tactical networking.

At this week's LandWarNet conference, the radios are transmitting combat net radio voice, streaming video and situational awareness data over a network using the SRW waveform. SRW will serve as the principal Department of Defense waveform for creating battlefield communication networks for individual soldiers.

The Falcon III AN/PRC-117G, now in production and fielded by the Department of Defense, is the first radio to provide both secure wideband data and narrowband voice capability. The radio allows the mobile warfighter access to secure IP data at on-air rates up to 5 Mbps, dramatically improving situational awareness by supporting networked data-intensive applications. It features mobile ad-hoc networking, automated network establishment and maintenance, and integrated Type 1 security.