IDEX: Harris Corp. Inks Deal With Mystery Nation; Debuts Two New Products

By Stew Magnuson
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — U.S radio manufacturer Harris Corp. introduced two new products on the first day of the IDEX conference and announced a deal with an undisclosed Asian nation to sell 500 units of its battlefield, live streaming video system.
In one of the first deals announced at the show, Harris has sold 500 units of its FalconFighter systems to “a nation in Asia with emerging requirements for video on the battlefield,” a company statement said. Harris did not disclose the name of the country.
The system provides forces with enhanced capabilities for streaming live video from the field to commanders. One component of the system is the RF-7400E-VP, a lightweight body-worn processor that provides advanced video capabilities on the move.
It encodes video captured by an analog camera into an advanced video compression standard, thus reducing bandwidth and storage requirements, the company said. The converted video can be sent over Internet Protocol networks. It also offers a built-in recorder for post-mission analysis or training purposes, which continues to record when out of range of tactical radio networks.
The company is also touting two new products at the show.
The RF-5410-FC FalconCommand system, a portable software application that provides advanced tools for managing and synchronizing data across the battlefield is intended to provide real-time troop positions for both friendly and hostile forces, sensor data and status information.
It integrates the data with maps to provide vital battlefield intelligence, allowing the entire military enterprise to work on a common operational picture.
“By equipping each soldier with up-to-date intelligence and plans, commanders obtain and maintain information superiority over the enemy, significantly increasing the chance of mission success,’’ said Andy Start, president, international business unit, Harris RF Communications, said in a statement.
Intended for higher headquarters through squad-level users, the software enables target, threat, location and logistics information to be sent and received covertly, either instantly or at user-defined, pre-determined intervals, a company statement said.
It also debuted a new model in its Falcon III tactical radio family — the Falcon III Low Profile RF-7800V-V511 vehicular/base VHF radio system, which is designed to fit into space-constrained military vehicles. The V511 is a fusion of the RF-7800V VHF Combat Net Radio with a 50-watt power amplifier, resulting in a radio form factor that the company says is smaller and lighter than standard vehicular radio systems.  It offers the same voice and data performance of the company’s RF-7800V radio, including the transmission of high-speed data at rates up to 192Kbps.
“The RF-7800V-V511 was designed for customers around the world to address space-constrained vehicular environments,” said Start, president, international business unit.
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Topics: C4ISR, Tactical Communications, International

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