New line-of-sight radio system from Harris

by Staff Reporter | June 12th, 2012

Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, has introduced the next generation of the Falcon III RF-7800W high-capacity line-of-sight radio.

The new RF-7800W-OU500 reportedly provides the backbone for delivering command and control and situational awareness information between headquarters and the lowest echelons of the battlefield – allowing warfighters to use mission-critical applications such as real-time video, biometrics, IP telephony and teleconferencing

The new RF-7800W-OU500 reportedly provides the backbone for delivering command and control and situational awareness information between headquarters and the lowest echelons of the battlefield – allowing warfighters to use mission-critical applications such as real-time video, biometrics, IP telephony and teleconferencing.

The new RF-7800W reportedly serves as the backbone of the Harris tactical internet by creating wide-area battlefield networks that connect brigade and battalion headquarters to forward-deployed units at company level and below. The radio offers, the company claims, several significant technical advances, such as dual-band capability that extends the operational frequency range to 5.8 GHz and increased data throughput to more than 400 Megabits per second.

“The Falcon III RF-7800W radio provides commanders and front-line personnel alike with a robust common operational picture based on improved intelligence and communications connectivity,’’ said Brendan O’Connell, president, International Business, Harris RF Communications. “This radio, acting as the IP backbone, expands networking services on the battlefield that broaden the use of applications such as video and situational awareness through tactical edge devices.”

The Harris RF-7800W system has reportedly been deployed by more than 20 countries worldwide, including the U.S. Department of Defense.

Built on the success of the existing system, the new RF-7800W, the company claims, dramatically extends ranges for wireless IP connectivity and leverages multiple input/multiple output antenna technology to establish and maintain robust data links. Operating over the 4.4–5.875 GHz frequency band, the RF-7800W is reportedly versatile for use in all deployments. The dual-band operation, in addition to a market leading size, weight and power profile, as per the official release, is unmatched in the high capacity line-of-sight market, resulting in a radio system that is multi-mission capable in a single platform.

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