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The Early Days

Harris’ innovative spirit was spawned out of necessity by two entrepreneurs whose first invention – a faster printing press – launched the Harris Automatic Press Company.

The company went on to create many new innovations, merged with two other printing equipment companies, and by midcentury emerged as one of the world's largest printing equipment manufacturers.

Into the Space Age

As the Space era arrived, Harris began transforming into an electronic communications company with the acquisition of Radiation Inc., a premier developer of miniaturized electronic tracking and pulse code technologies for America's fledgling space program. The nation's earliest communication and weather satellites, military missile systems, manned space flights and Apollo moon missions all relied on Radiation technologies to complete their missions.

In the 1970’s, the renamed Harris Corporation moved its headquarters to Melbourne, Florida. And by the turn of the century, Harris had celebrated its centennial and completed its transition from a printing company into a global communications and information technology company.

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In 2015, Harris continued its transformation by acquiring Exelis Inc., creating a company with greater scale, capabilities, and core franchises focused primarily on U.S. and international government markets where the company provides differentiated technologies.


“Continually pushing the boundaries of technology through innovation has always been an essential part of Harris’ culture.”

Harris Chairman, President and CEO
Bill Brown


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Innovation, Focus, Execution

Harris today is a proven leader in tactical communications, electronic warfare, avionics, air traffic management, space and intelligence, and weather systems. We deliver these solutions through three business segments: Communication Systems, Electronic Systems, and Space and Intelligence Systems.

Harris’ innovation is driven by the passion, hard work and dedication of our 7,900 engineers and scientists who routinely push technology boundaries and invent solutions to solve our customer’s most critical challenges.

To fuel their innovative spirit, Harris invests an industry-leading 5-plus percent of revenues in research and development and creates advanced facilities that promote innovation and collaboration – such as the Harris Global Innovation Center and Harris Technology Center in Florida and the world's most advanced tactical radio manufacturing center in New York.

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Harris Technology Center in Palm Bay, Florida

Harris Global Innovation Center

Global Innovation Center in Melbourne, Florida

Harris JROC Manufacturing Facility in New York

Jefferson Road Operations Center in Rochester, New York

Harris also invests to foster the next generation of innovators – with the company contributing millions of dollars and employees volunteering thousands of hours to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related initiatives at every grade level. Examples include training elementary students in skills to help them prepare for business careers, sponsoring a high school in a national astronaut challenge and funding a university innovation incubator program.


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Harris Innovation Examples:

  • Part of every U.S. manned space flight
  • On every U.S. GPS satellite
  • On all U.S. fixed-wing military platforms
  • Produces most advanced weather imagery
  • 1 million tactical radios to military personnel
  • 700k night vision goggles for U.S. military
  • Air traffic management helps every U.S. flight