Army awards tactical radio deals

The Army has awarded contracts totaling about $50 million to Harris Corp. for the Falcon radio program.

The AN/PRC-150(C) high-frequency radios will support the Army's missions in Iraq and will facilitate other initiatives, such as communicating potential biohazards and constructing a communications backbone during natural disasters.

As part of the program, equipment will monitor, detect and alert officials to airborne biological threats. The radios will be part of a communications system to relay possible threat information.

Harris received the contract as part of the Joint Biological Point Detection System/Biological Integrated Detection Systems program by the Army Research, Development and Engineering Command.

Harris has also received contracts to furnish the Army National Guard with radios for emergency communications. The radios will provide rugged, long-haul communications in several states where hurricanes frequently occur.

The embedded, high-speed modem and automatic link establishment ensure that the Army can transmit data rapidly and securely even in degraded channel conditions, he said.

The AN/PRC-150(C) is a member of the Falcon(R) II family of multiband tactical radio systems.

Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.

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