Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has received an order from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) for its Falcon III ® RF-340M multi-channel manpack – the smallest, lightest and most capable next-generation tactical radio available today.

The RF-340M integrates two radio channels into a single chassis, allowing users to operate simultaneously on multiple networks for enhanced command and control. The radio also includes an expansion slot capable of adding capabilities to address emerging and unique mission needs in areas such as higher-speed wideband networking, satellite communications and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

"This is our second order for the RF-340M, demonstrating the growing interest in Harris’ next-generation, two-channel solution for mounted and dismounted tactical communications,” said George Helm, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications. “The RF-340M’s ability to send and receive voice and data over multiple networks simultaneously significantly enhances a warfighter’s situational awareness and mission command capability. This is the DOD’s radio of tomorrow, delivered today."

Harris developed the multi-channel manpack to exceed the requirements of the DOD’s Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Factor tactical radio program, with additional capabilities to address all branches of the DOD. Each of the two radio channels will host all required U.S. government wideband and narrowband waveforms, including the next-generation narrowband Mobile User Objective System waveform, without the need for add-on hardware modules. It also supports multi-channel cross-banding and requires only a single battery, minimizing size and weight for the dismounted soldier.

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 is also 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 125 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and about 14,000 employees — including 6,000 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 harris.com.

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