Both the U.S. Air Force and Army are acquiring Harris Corp.’s Falcon AN/PRC-117G multi-band, man-pack radios in separate deals totalling $25.4 million.
Harris’ deal with the Air Force is for $9.4 million. The Air Force plans to use the AN/PRC-117G radios to support emerging applications in situational awareness, intelligence and analysis, as well as real-time battlefield collaboration, the company says. The “field-proven” radios are to provide Air Force personnel with “unprecedented” situational awareness through wideband networking of the battlefield.
Harris’ deal with the Army for the radios is for $16 million. The Army plans to use the radios to transition to a networked digital battlefield, Harris says. The AN/PRC-117G features a software-defined, upgradeable platform for both voice and data that supports network-enabled missions such as convoy tracking, mission operations planning and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC).
“The AN/PRC-117G provides the Army with the most versatile platform for terrestrial and satellite communications,” said Brendan O’Connell, Harris’ president of Department of Defense business. “The AN/PRC-117G is widely deployed by all branches of the Department of Defense, fulfilling current requirements, and is upgradeable to meet the emerging requirements of tomorrow.”
The AN/PRC-117G delivers critical real-time information to warfighters on the move and their commanders via a man-portable radio system with significantly reduced size and weight, according to O’Connell. The AN/PRC-117G platform enables a growing number of network-enabled missions such as intelligence reporting and analysis, collaborative chat, route planning, MEDEVAC, convoy tracking and checkpoint biometrics.
The AN/PRC-117G is a U.S. Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) software communications architecture-certified, as well as a NSA Type-1 certified wideband “manpack” radio system, the company says. With its fully integrated and NSA-certified “high assurance internet protocol equipment” (HAIPE) networking encryption, the AN/PRC-117G provides the highest level of information assurance to tactical units.
The development of the AN/PRC-117G manpack radio has followed the JTRS program’s “enterprise business model” (EBM), which encourages companies to develop next-generation solutions in tactical communications using their own investment capital. In doing so, the EBM promotes competition, increases innovation, reduces costs and speeds development of important capabilities.