GRDC News - May 2005

Welcome New Member: Harris RF Communications

We are pleased to welcome Harris RF Communications to the GRDC. Harris RF Communications Division is a leading supplier of secure voice and data communications products, systems, and networks to military, government, and commercial organizations worldwide.

Harris Corporation is an international communications technology company focused on providing assured communications™ products, systems, and services for government and commercial customers. The company's four operating divisions serve markets for government communications, tactical radio, broadcast, and microwave systems. Harris provides systems and service to customers in more than 150 countries.

Harris solutions include secure radio products and systems for man-transportable, mobile, strategic fixed-site, and shipboard applications. They are used by U.S., NATO, and Partnership for Peace forces, as well as government agencies and embassies worldwide. Falcon® II radios are being used for Homeland Security and Defense operations, as well as in the War on Terrorism. Peacekeeping forces around the globe are increasingly standardizing on Harris tactical and strategic radio systems to meet the most demanding communication challenges.

During 2003, RFCD responded to military requirements in Iraq and Afghanistan, and other critical security missions around the globe. Harris has shipped radios to more than 40 international customers.

RFCD continues to support Homeland Security and Defense initiatives. Through the Defense Early Response Fund, Harris tactical radios are being used to equip the U.S. National Guard and other agencies that provide quick response in times of national emergencies. RFCD also strengthened its position as a major contributor to next-generation tactical radio programs for both the U.S. Department of Defense and the UK Ministry of Defence. Harris was recently selected to incorporate its Sierra™ cryptographic subsystem into 100 percent of the radios to be provided to the Department of Defense under Cluster 1 of the U.S. Joint Tactical Radio System program.

Harris RFCD has also developed a Military Grade, Type IV encryption device known as the Citadel®. This chip has the ability to provide exportable encryption for our family of Falcon II radios at a low cost.

The War on Terrorism has increased the demand for Harris' Falcon II tactical radios. Falcon II is battlefield proven, most recently in Afghanistan and Iraq, and also in both hostile and peacekeeping environments worldwide. In recent years, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has effectively standardized on the AN/PRC-150(C) high frequency (HF) radio and the AN/PRC-117F(C) multiband radio, and Falcon II is in use with every branch of the U.S. military.

Recently, radios were provided to the U.S. Special Operations Command and the U.S. Army Reserve, the U.S. National Guard and other agencies that respond quickly to national emergencies. Standardization also is driving Falcon II's success in the rest of the world. Countries in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East, in addition to NATO and Partnership for Peace (PfP) countries, continue to standardize on the Falcon II family.

Representing Harris, RF Communications Division on the GRDC is Dani Gabe Richards, Supervisor Human Resources. She can be reached at, 1680 University Ave., Rochester, NY 14610, phone: 585-242-3212, fax 585-242-4711, e-mail:


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