L3Harris Technologies has been awarded $42 million in combined orders, $10 million of which was awarded under Naval Information Warfare System Command’s Portable Radio Program IDIQ contract N00039-18-D-0070, in support of the U.S. Air Force. L3Harris will deliver for Falcon IV® handheld and man portable tactical radio equipment, that will provide Special Warfare airmen with resilient communications and enable an advanced battle management system.
The orders are part of an ongoing technology advancement initiative across the Air Force in support of the Advanced Battle Management System and CJADC2 initiatives. The Air Force Special Warfare program office is leveraging the Falcon IV® radio family and C4I-intercom equipment to deliver secure communications in support of Global Access, Precision Strike, and Personnel Recovery mission areas.
The AN/PRC-163 and AN/PRC-167 are multi-channel, software-defined radios that utilize NSA-certified Type-1 encryption, enabling reduced SWaP, multi-band and multi-mission communications. The radio’s familiar, yet enhanced interface is easy-to-use, and the flexible software-defined architecture enables users to quickly add new waveforms. The radios provide a resilient communications platform for combined joint all-domain command and control (CJADC2) for voice and data networking connectivity with US Army and other armed forces.
“L3Harris is committed to providing the Air Force Special Warfare community with the most resilient and capable handheld and manpack radios for multiple mission areas. The AN/PRC-163 and AN/PRC-167 provide maximum flexibility within the CJADC2 construct.”