Harris Corporation Receives $112 Million Order from Australian Department of Defence for Networked Battlefield Communications
Company's Falcon III Technology Will Create High-Speed Connectivity Between Australian Commanders and Deployed Forces
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA/ROCHESTER, NY, April 7, 2010 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has received a US$112 million (AUD$135 million) order for Falcon® tactical radio systems that will provide battlefield networking capabilities to the Australian Department of Defence. The order consists primarily of Harris Falcon III® AN/PRC-152(C) multiband handheld radios, but also includes Harris Falcon III® AN/PRC-117G wideband, AN/PRC-117F multiband and AN/PRC-150(C) high-frequency (HF) manpack radios.
Harris radio systems will serve as the secure communications backbone for the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) Land 75, Land 125 and Joint Project 2072 communications modernization programs. The systems wirelessly connect soldiers to each other, their commanders and other devices in the field. The Harris systems, which include Type 1 security devices, antennas and power amplifiers, will allow the ADF to meet its objectives to provide networking capabilities that enhance situational awareness and speed decision-making.
"Harris is collaborating with the Australian Department of Defence and the program team on this very important program that will lead to an operational, networked Australian brigade in 2013," said Andy Start, president, International business, Harris RF Communications. "We're also excited to expand international use of our JTRS-approved Falcon III radio systems. These systems form the basis for secure networked military communications, providing significantly better information gathering and dissemination at the tactical edge — where the battle is fought."
The largest part of the order is for the Falcon III AN/PRC-152(C), the most-widely deployed JTRS-approved handheld radio. The AN/PRC-152(C), in dismounted configuration, will connect soldiers to the ADF's central Battle Management System and serve as a hub for other soldier-carried C4 devices.
Harris also will supply its Falcon III AN/PRC-117G wideband manpack radio, Falcon II AN/PRC-117F multiband manpack radio and Falcon II AN/PRC-150(C) high-frequency manpack radio. In addition, Harris is providing the AN/PRC-152 in vehicular amplifier adapters to support the installation of equipment in more than 1,000 armored vehicles.
As part of the agreement with the ADF, Harris will be establishing a customer service and support center in Brisbane. Harris is working closely with prime contractor Elbit Systems on the communications modernization programs.
Harris RF Communications is the leading global supplier of secure radio communications and embedded high-grade encryption solutions for military, government and commercial organizations. The company's Falcon family of software-defined tactical radio systems encompasses manpack, handheld and vehicular applications. Falcon III is the next generation of radios supporting the U.S. military's Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) requirements, as well as network-centric operations worldwide. Harris RF Communications also is a leading supplier of assured communications® systems and equipment for public safety, utility and transportation markets — with products ranging from the most advanced IP voice and data networks to portable and mobile single- and multiband radios.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 15,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect management's current expectations, assumptions and estimates of future performance and economic conditions. Such statements are made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and future trends to differ materially from those matters expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements about the expected value of the program to Harris are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties. Harris disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
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