Thursday, July 14, 2011

Harris Delivers Wideband Falcon III Tactical Radio Network for Army Test

Harris is delivering wideband networking capability through its Falcon III AN/PRC-117G tactical radio system as part of the U.S. Army Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) at Fort Bliss, Texas and White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. This includes the deployment of a 20- and 30- Node wideband AN/PRC-117G network, powered by Harris' Adaptive Networking Wideband Waveform, or ANW2, for connecting a range of military vehicles to company command post platforms.

The NIE is the first in a series of semi-annual evaluations designed to integrate and mature the Army's tactical network. The evaluation involves a series of tests and evaluations among five programs of record and 30 emerging or developmental technologies. Involving all 3,800 soldiers of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, the NIE uniquely combines test and evaluation in a single venue, with the goal of speeding the deployment of an integrated battlefield network. One of the main purposes of the NIE is to evaluate existing network capabilities, including the Harris AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack tactical radio system.

"The NIE is a unique event designed to push systems to the limit," said Maj. Gen. Dennis Moran (Ret.), vice president, Government Business Development, Harris RF Communications. "Over the course of the exercise, the AN/PRC-117G has successfully delivered outstanding mobile ad-hoc networking capability to a range of vehicular-based forces.