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October 7th, 2008

TacSat Terminals En Route From Harris

Harris Corporation has introduced the first tactical satellite terminals with the capability of transmission/reception of TOP SECRET global wideband data communications. These new terminals are designed to military standards for operations in harsh environments. The new Harris RF-7800B Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) terminals offer a high-performance satellite solution for voice and data connectivity in beyond line-of-sight, SATCOM-on-the-move and SATCOM-at-the-quick-halt applications. When linked to next-generation Harris Falcon III manpack radios or SecNet 54 encryption modules, the RF-7800B terminals provide end-to-end Type-1 HAIPE-certified security for data transmissions over long-range commercial networks. The RF-7800B terminals can also be used as stand-alone terminals in other configurations to extend voice and data connectivity. The first two products in the Harris Tactical BGAN line are the RF-7800B-DU024, a Class 2 Land Portable BGAN terminal for dismounted applications, and the RF-7800B-VU104, a Class 10 Land Mobile BGAN terminal for vehicles on the move. Both terminals meet MIL-STD-810F requirements and are specifically designed to work in harsh environments where commercial units fail. The terminals use the Inmarsat-4 BGAN satellite constellation and will be available to domestic and international customers in the first quarter of 2009.