Harris Launches New Wideband Manpack Radio System
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — Harris Corp. has introduced a new manpack high-frequency (HF) tactical digital radio intended to succeed its widely deployed AN/PRC-150(C), a company official said.
“The Falcon III RF-300H is the world’s smallest, lightest and fastest wideband manpack radio,” the company said in a Feb. 21 release. “The RF-300H dramatically improves HF tactical communications by transmitting high-level security images, maps and other large data files from beyond-line-of-sight environments in a compact, lightweight package.”
The RF-300H is an evolution of the company’s RF-7800H introduced to NATO in 2012 and of which 10,000 have been delivered around the world, Marcel De Risio, the product manager for Harris, told Seapower. The RF-7800H allows exchange of imagery and data much faster than the PRC-150.
The RF-300H — 20 percent smaller and lighter that the PRC-150 — can deliver data 10 times faster and “provides a reliable alternative to satellite communications for beyond line-of-sight voice and data communications, and also features either a commercial GPS [Global Positioning Satellite] or a Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module,” the release said.
Wideband HF beyond-line-of sight radios are attracting renewed interest among defense officials because of the increasing vulnerability of satellites, De Risio said.
Harris used internal research and development funds to develop the new radio, which achieved National Security Agency Type 1 security certification last fall, he said. The Marine Corps’ PRC-150 radios no longer are authorized to Top Secret traffic.
De Risio said the new radio has been ordered by Air Force Special Operations Command and the company expects a request for proposals from the Marine Corps in the near future.
The RF-300H is fully compatible with the entire Harris Falcon II HF product line, of which more than 100,000 radio units are deployed worldwide.
“The new Harris RF-300H manpack radio provides more security and enhanced wideband HF than any other radio in the marketplace,” said Chris Young, president, Harris Communication Systems, in the release. “The RF-300H delivers an advanced solution for warfighters facing today’s complex environment.”