$85 Million Secure Radio Contract - U.S. Special Operations Forces

April 12, 1995
MELBOURNE, Florida -- Harris Corporation hasbeen awarded an $85 million contract to provide secure tactical radios for U.S. SpecialOperations Forces.

The U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base,Florida, awarded Harris RF Communications Division, Rochester, New York, the five-yearImproved Special Operations Forces HF Manpack Radio System program contract.

Under the contract, the division will provide up to several thousandHarris AN/PRC-138 manpack and vehicular-mounted radios with built-in communicationssecurity encryption devices. The Harris AN/PRC-138 is a lightweight transceiver thatcombines coverage of both high frequency (HF) and very high frequency (VHF) bands forlong- and short-range communications. The radios are used extensively by U.S. andinternational defense forces, with several thousand units already in use worldwide.

"This program is one of the largest procurements for HF radioequipment in the past 10 years," said Joe Forte, director of marketing for Harris RFCommunications Division. "Winning this important program validates Harris' positionas a worldwide leader in HF/VHF and secure radio technology."

The base design of the AN/PRC-138 permits a long-term migration paththat will allow immediate deliveries of an off-the-shelf product, while protecting thecustomer's investment with significant upgrade potential over the life of the radio.

Harris RF Communications Division is a world leader in the design,manufacture, installation and support of advanced, HF, VHF and UHF radio equipment,digital video imaging, transmission systems, turnkey systems, COMSEC and INFOSEC systemsand networks. The division is ISO 9001 registered.

Harris Corporation, with worldwide sales of more than $3.3 billion,is focused on four major businesses: electronic systems, communications, semiconductorsand Lanier Worldwide office equipment.

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