Melbourne, FL-based Harris Corporation announced on May 20 that it has successfully conducted satellite communications calls using two Falcon III® AN/PRC-117G tactical radios with the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) waveform. MUOS is the next-generation U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) military communications system for delivering mobile satellite connectivity through tactical radios.
The end-to-end, on-air demonstration calls took place during the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC), May 19-21, in Tampa, Florida. The calls validated the ability of the AN/PRC-117G, a fielded multiband manpack radio, to run the narrowband MUOS service with a software-only upgrade.
“These demonstrations showcase the capabilities of our Falcon III radios and our ability to deliver a cost-effective MUOS solution to the DOD,” said George Helm, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications. “The results further validate the benefits of the DOD’s commitment to open standards and waveform access to promote competition and innovation. More than 30,000 AN/PRC-117G radios are already deployed and capable of supporting MUOS simply by upgrading their software.”
Harris is developing the MUOS waveform to operate on multiple Harris radio hardware platforms, including the AN/PRC-117G; the AN/VRC-118 two-channel, Mid-tier Networking Vehicular Radio; and the AN/PRC-158 multi-channel manpack radio.
Source: Harris Corporation