Harris received a $5 million order for the devices from the Marine Corps earlier this month.
The systems allow commanders to relay real-time information to warfighters on the move and support emerging applications in situational awareness, intelligence and analysis. They will also support collaborative chat, route planning, MEDEVAC, convoy tracking and checkpoint biometrics.
The radio is software-defined and upgradeable and is significantly smaller and lighter than previous models.
“Widely deployed by all branches of the Department of Defense, the Falcon III AN/PRC-117G is providing the DoD with the battlefield networking solution it needs for the current challenges of warfare, ” said Brendan O’Connell, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications. “Successfully fielded across Operation Enduring Freedom, the AN/PRC-117G addresses the full range of networking capabilities while enabling the mission-critical requirements of the future.”