Harris wins weapon data link subcontract

Harris Corp. has won a two-year, $10 million subcontract from Lockheed Martin Corp. to provide a weapon data-link transceiver for the extended range Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile.

The data link will enable the extended range standoff missile to be re-programmed during flight to hit targets that must be eliminated within a small window of opportunity. The transceiver will incorporate the latest software defined radio and encryption technology.

Harris will design, fabricate, test and deliver a miniaturized two-way data-link transceiver module for the missile's beyond-line-of-sight communications.

The data link will comply with the Software Communications Architecture, and will satisfy data-link waveform and encryption requirements, the company said.

The transceiver also will enable better situational awareness for commanders through in-flight tracking.

Harris Government Communications Systems Division conducts advanced research, develops prototypes and produces and supports assured communications solutions and information systems for military and government customers.

Harris Corp. of Melbourne, Fla., has about 13,000 employees and annual revenue of more than $3 billion. The company ranks No. 23 on Washington Technology's 2005 Top 100 list of federal prime contractors. The 2006 list will be released May 15.

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