Harris Corporation and L-3 Communications unveil a device that integrates a radio platform with video downlinks in a handheld unit, and the integrated technology provides users with interoperable voice, data and communications in a single package, says a joint statement by the firms.
The device—demonstrated at the annual Association of the U. S. Army Exposition in Washington, D.C.—integrates the Harris’ Falcon III AN/PRC-152 radio platform with L-3’s Soldier Intelligence Receiver (SIR), a portable handheld tactical receiver that receives video downlinks from “intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance” (ISR) platforms.
Currently ISR data and ground tactical communications are handled using separate and often non-interoperable technologies. The combination of handheld radio/video receiver delivers superior situational awareness by enabling users to view and receive video while maintaining short- and long-range communication links, the statement says.
Integrating the L-3 with the AN/PRC-152 addresses the urgent need to deliver full motion video and actionable information directly to the tactical edge in a lightweight, multimission form, said Brendan O’Connell, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications.
L-3 is pleased to partner with Harris in demonstrating the combination of a best-in-class tactical radio with a best-in-class video receiver, said Susan D. Opp, corporate vice president and group president of the Communication Systems Group for L-3 Communications.