Harris wins Netherlands tactical radio deal

Harris Corp. has won a contract for $7 million to supply the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps with high-frequency tactical radios, the company announced today.

Under the contract, Harris of Melbourne, Fla., will provide Bowman high-frequency tactical radios. The radios are based on Harris' Falcon(R) II Tactical Radio product family ? the standard used by the United States, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Partnership for Peace and other defense forces.

The new radios are part of a larger, two-year effort by the Royal Marines to provide a secure voice and data communications infrastructure capable of supporting a range of network-enabled command, control, communications, computing and intelligence systems.

A key feature of the system will be the interoperability it provides between the Netherlands and U.K. forces as allies, and as part of the United Kingdom/Netherlands Amphibious Force.

The Harris High-Frequency Radio is the first Bowman radio to be crypto certified by the Communications-Electronics Security Group. It features third-generation automatic link establishment that automates connectivity by selecting the best frequencies. The radio operates beyond line-of-site, as well as in line-of-site communications, enabling communicators to keep up with a widely distributed and fast-moving theater of operations without the need for retransmission stations.

Harris has about 10,900 employees, and annual sales of $3 billion, according to Hoover's Online of Austin, Texas. The company ranks No. 23 on Washington Technology's 2005 Top 100 list, which measures federal contracting revenue.

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