Homeland Security Department

Harris wins $7M radio order under $3B TacCom vehicle

Harris Corp. has won $7 million in orders for public safety and tactical communications systems under the Homeland Security Department’s five-year, $3 billion Tactical Communications contract vehicle.

“The Coast Guard is using this important procurement vehicle to deploy Falcon III radios, while DHS is rapidly implementing a Harris P25 system," said Steve Marschilok, president of Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications.

The U.S. Coast Guard, Homeland Security Department, its component agencies and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will buy two types of radios in Harris Falcon radio family of products.

The Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack tactical radio will provide interoperable tactical communications to local, state and federal agencies and  the Defense Department, and will be installed across the Coast Guard fleet.

Harris said that it operates multiple waveforms for narrowband line-of-sight voice and data communications, beyond-line-of-sight satellite communications, communication with public safety agencies, and wideband data communication.

The Falcon III AN/PRC-152A wideband handheld radios will also be delivered, which can transmit voice, video and data across the Coast Guard’s tactical teams.

Harris will then provide the Federal Emergency Management Agency Center for Domestic Preparedness with a standards-based P25 Land Mobile Radio system, it said. The system will cover the center’s entire campus, both outside and inside buildings.

The center trains first responders in recovery tactics for situations in which a national Homeland Security threat is present.

About the Author

Mark Hoover is a staff writer with Washington Technology. You can contact him at mhoover@washingtontechnology.com, or connect with him on Twitter at @mhooverWT.

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