Satnews Daily
September 21st, 2015

Harris To Supply Tac + Public Safety Radios To US Air Nat'l Guard + DoD Contract Increase

[SatNews] Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has received a $13 million order to supply the Air National Guard (ANG) with vehicular tactical and public safety radio systems that provide critical ground-to-air voice and data communications during wartime and domestic emergency responses, including natural disasters.

The announcement was made during the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition, being held September 14-16 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Harris Falcon III® AN/PRC-117.

Each system includes multiple Harris Falcon III® AN/PRC-117G Multiband Networking Manpack Radios, the Harris AN/PRC-150 High-Frequency Manpack Radio, and Harris Unity® XG-100M Full-Spectrum Multiband Mobile Radio.

Harris AN/PRC-150.

The radios are networked with the Harris RF-7800I Advanced Vehicular Intercom System and integrated into the ANG’s High Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV). Harris also will provide installation, training and ongoing service and support.

The five-channel Battlefield Airmen System of Integrated Communications (BASIC) system is part of the ANG’s Tactical Air Control Party (TACP), which is responsible for coordinating and calling in close air support.

Executive Comment

Harris Unit® XG-100M.

"The integrated Harris system enables the Air National Guard to quickly establish communications and coordinate activities with local authorities, and rapidly deploy capabilities for tactical operations,” said Chris Young, president, Harris Communication Systems. "This system is the first TACP networked solution in a vehicle, and highlights Harris' unique ability to integrate tactical and land mobile radio systems that bridge the needs of defense and civilian missions."

Harris has also announced that the company has received from the Defense Logistics Agency a $100 million increase in the ceiling value of its 2011 single-source IDIQ contract from $85 million to $185 million, with an August 2016 completion date.

The ceiling increase provides the U.S. Army and federal civilian agencies with greater flexibility in acquiring spare parts for a wide range of Harris Falcon® handheld, manpack and vehicular tactical radios.