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AFCEA Bonn: Harris Takes Networks to New Heights

Battle-Proven, Customer-Trusted Technologies

Harris airborne products build on leading-edge technologies featured in its FALCON and SINCGARS ground radios. They are relied on daily by 700,000 soldiers worldwide for secure, mission-critical information.

Now, Harris advances those trusted capabilities to its airborne-certified solutions, connecting the tactical edge to the aerial tier with increased range and Beyond-Line-Of-Sight communications.

Agile, Software Defined, Right-Sized for Every Mission

Rugged, easy to customise, and SWaP-optimised, they can be deployed in rotary or fixed-wing aircraft, ground vehicles and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Harris airborne products deliver significant advantages through high-speed, multiband voice, data and ISR video capabilities. They enhance agility, giving soldiers the ability to switch waveforms and networks while on the move. Engineered for legacy interoperability, our airborne solutions are also software defined for ease of integration with emerging waveforms and changing mission needs.

Harris set the bar high during a recent operational demonstration of the FALCON III RF-7850A-MR connecting multiple aircraft with several ground assets in various locations. The event was held at a customer’s airbase where Harris personnel joined forces with a crew aboard a UH-60 BLACKHAWK helicopter, an untested platform for the RF-7850A-MR. Although this Multi-channel Networking Radio is battle-proven for air-to-ground communications, this demonstration validated its air-to-air capability as well.

During the wideband networking air-to-air range portion of the exercise, pilots in multiple aircraft using competitors’ 10W radios lost communications, according to Harris, while the Harris RF-7850A-MR did not quit. “The air crew was so impressed,” said Jim Kaszubowski, Product Line Manager for Harris Tactical Airborne Radios. “We kept pushing out comms every 5km after the pilots lost comms over their radios. The pilots were relaying messages through the Harris personnel operating our radio!”

According to Kaszubowski, the real story is that, “Harris continues to invest in bringing the new features and advanced technologies proven in our ground tactical radios to our airborne products. We are delivering systems that keep pace and even exceed our customer’s ever-changing mission demands.”


 For more information please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #5/2017 and WEHRTECHNIK #II/2017, available on stand #F-57 at the show; and frequently check back for more NEWS FROM THE FLOOR.


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