Harris Unveils ‘Smart Radio’ For Military

Unit combines a tactical radio with a built-in computer.
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Unit combines a tactical radio with a built-in computer.

Harris Corp., a global communications and information technology company, unveiled its battlefield “smart radio,” which combines a tactical radio with a built-in computer.

The RF-7800S-LR Leader Radio has embedded GPS, encryption and a personal digital assistant, providing unit leaders with tactical communication and computing capabilities, Harris says. It enables users to deliver voice, wideband data and networking and supporting applications such as mapping tools, messaging and video transmission.

Those capabilities allow deployed warfighters and their leaders to send and receive information critical to situational awareness, including the collection and streaming of full motion video, the company says.

The RF-7800S-LR offers a variety of input/output options to connect to external devices, and serves as the core of the Harris Falcon Fighter— a modular soldier system that seamlessly integrates C4 devices, sensors, networking components and power modules.

RF-7800S-LR provides commanders more capabilities in a smaller and lighter radio, while maintaining the impressive range offered by the RF-7800S team radio, said Andy Start, Harris RF Communications’ president of international business. "With the RF-7800S-LR, commanders are connected to every member of their team via secure, digitized voice and data communications,” he said.