US Special Ops have placed an $81 million order with the Harris Corporation for its Falcon III AN/PRC-117G wideband manpack tactical radios. Harris Corporation will also be expected to provide Falcon III AN/PRC-152A wideband handheld radios.
This is part of a move to modernize the SOCOM tactical radio inventory. George Helm, a representative of Harris Corporation, explains that the “radio systems will provide unique capabilities to communicate by Type-1 secure voice, video and wideband data.” That’s all a bit technical, but in a nutshell it will make our warfighters stronger by improving situational awareness and enhancing command channels.
One of the ways the radio will provide this type of information is by allowing video upload. Soldiers with the radio can communicate voice, video, and data in real time to provide an accurate and up-to-date picture of the battlefield. They say that knowledge is power, so equipping our troops with this type of highly accessible data will help make sure that they have every possible advantage.
Thus far, Harris Corporation has already shipped over 20,000 AN/PRC-117G radios to the US and its allies. Their radio was the first of its kind to receive NSA Type-1 HAIPE certification.