BATTLESPACE Editor met up with L3Harris at AUSA in the first interview since the merger of L3 and Harris.
“What has changed since the merger?” The Editor asked.
“The merger between L3 and Harris has given the new entity new technologies to enable L3Harris to offer seamless connectivity solutions from ground to air. As you know, Harris was strong in the land systems area with products such as SINCGARS and Falcon whilst L3 had strength in air products. L3Harris builds airborne tactical communications solutions with Falcon® and SINCGARS radio technology—combat-proven and customer-trusted to deliver secure, reliable, mission-critical information. Now, we extend those same advanced capabilities to connect the tactical edge to the aerial tier. Our ruggedized airborne radio solutions are SWaP-optimized for deployment in rotary or fixed wing aircraft, ground vehicles and unmanned aircraft systems. They deliver high-speed multiband voice, data and video, and give soldiers the ability to switch waveforms and networks on-the-move as mission needs change. We engineer our products for legacy interoperability, as well as ease of integration with emerging waveforms and unique user needs. Good examples of our airborne capability are the KOR-24A Small Tactical Terminal (STT), developed with Viasat Inc., and the L3Harris Airborne Multi-Channel Radio (HAMR).” Brendan O’Connell, President Tactical Communications, said.
The L3Harris KOR-24A
The L3Harris KOR-24A is the smallest airborne radio available today for Link 16 and VHF/UHF network access. It brings mobile connectivity to dismounted soldiers and disadvantaged platforms including ground vehicles, helicopters, UAVs and network-enabled weapons. The ruggedized Small Tactical Terminal meets demanding environmental requirements, and gives warfighters on the tactical edge the ability to switch networks and waveforms on-the-move for real-time battle intelligence.
Optimized SWaP for Superior Air-to-Ground Tactical Networks
The STT provides dual channel capabilities in the same SWaP as a traditional single-channel airborne radio. It leverages wideband and narrowband interoperability to deliver high-speed networked voice, data and Full Motion Video (FMV). The KOR-24A is easily adapted for use with traditional network systems and edge devices, providing secure, reliable target data for air-to-air and air-to-ground joint support missions.
* Certified to protect information classified Secret and Below
* Wideband communications on-the-move using ANW2®C and SRW waveforms
* Supports beyond-line-of-sight communications for both wideband and legacy waveforms such as SINCGARS, HAVEQUICK II, VHF/UHF AM and FM
* Identification feature enhances warfighter safety and real-time troop location
L3Harris Airborne Multi-Channel Radio (HAMR)
The L3Harris Airborne Multi-channel Radio repackages the advanced technologies of two Falcon III® AN/PRC-152A radios into one avionics-ruggedized solution. With an optimized SWaP, dual wideband channels, and interoperability maximized for airborne communications, the HAMR is a leading choice for fixed and rotary winged platforms.
Wideband Interoperability with VHF/UHF Radios and Soldier Radio Waveform
The HAMR employs the industry-leading L3Harris ANW2®C waveform to deliver high-speed IP-networked data and Full Motion Video (FMV) for enhanced situational awareness and tactical ISR. It is future-proof, with an SCA compliant architecture that adapts to changing needs and emerging waveforms with simple software upgrades. Plus, the HAMR is interoperable with all Falcon III® tactical radios, legacy VHF/UHF radio systems, UHF SATCOM waveforms, Public Safety radios, and Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) systems.
* Two wideband radio channels in the same SWaP as a traditional single-channel narrowband radio
* Most reliable SATCOM connectivity available today
* ANW2C and SRW waveform networking support beyond-line-of-sight communications
* Easily integrated into legacy and future platforms to support multiple missions, users and waveforms
“What will you be offering for the UK’s Morpheus Programme and have you decided on your strategy?”
“We are currently formulating our strategy for Morpheus but our current position as the incumbent supplier for Bowman puts us in a strong position to offer, for both VHF and HF, our Falcon range of radios, including the L3Harris AN/PRC-163 Multi-channel Handheld Radio, the L3Harris Falcon® IV AN/PRC-158 Multi-channel Manpack and for HF L3Harris Falcon III® RF-7800H-MP Wideband HF/VHF Tactical Radio System.” Brendan O’Connell, President Tactical Communications, said.
Morpheus is a £3.2 billion defence programme delivering the next generation of Tactical Communication and Information Systems (TacCIS) to forces operating in a Land Environment, inclusive of the Royal Navy in the littoral environment and elements of the Royal Air Force. The programme is delivered by the Battlefield Tactical Communications and Information Systems (BATCIS) Delivery Team in conjunction with Army HQ and Joint Forces Command. Morpheus will give access to fully integrated operational information technology that simplifies the user experience, allowing units to focus on the mission.
Morpheus is the first installation of Defence as a Platform (DaaP) in the tactical environment. By evolving the current Bowman system into the next generation of tactical communications, Morpheus enables evolutionary capability development in a way that has been impossible before.
In Spring 2017, Morpheus entered the second Assessment Phase, termed Evolve to Open (EvO). The EvO phase will change the current vendor tied system into a vendor independent and open information architecture system enabling the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to have greater flexibility over the future evolution of the system. This will enable the MOD to integrate and deploy new capabilities selected from across Industry in a faster and more cost effective manner.
The benefits Morpheus will deliver to the front line soldier include:
- improved end-to-end shared situational awareness from soldiers to HQ
- increased bandwidth and a more resilient network, allowing soldiers to get the information they need, when they need it
- open architecture enabling interoperability by design, giving the ability to develop and deliver applications in the way soldiers want – leading to better usability and at a faster pace by selecting from across Industry rather than one Prime Contractor
L3Harris AN/PRC-163 Multi-channel Handheld Radio
The L3Harris AN/PRC-163 (formerly RF-335M-STC) delivers dual-channel crossbanding capabilities in a single, SWaP-optimized handheld. Equipped with industry-leading TSM‑X Mobile Ad-Hoc Networking (MANET) technology, the radio supports truly seamless and simultaneous networking for over 200 users.
High-speed MANET with SATCOM support
Warfighters get mission-critical information at a glance with the AN/PRC-163’s double-height LCD screen. Situational Awareness (SA) is advanced through the ISR mission module’s Full-Motion Video capabilities. The handheld is software-defined, supporting simple updates to future waveforms. Type 1 communications are secured through the L3Harris Denali® multi-channel security architecture.
* Simultaneous multi-channel communications
* Advanced SA with ISR video mission module
* Familiar Falcon® user interface simplifies navigation
* Seamless networking with industry-leading TSM-X technology
L3Harris Falcon® IV AN/PRC-158 Multi-channel Manpack
Designed for forward-deployed teams, the L3Harris Multi-channel Manpack delivers superior communications security along with mission flexibility. Compact, powerful and modular, this two-channel solution covers the full 30-2500MHz frequency range and is 30% smaller than similar products.
Type 1 Encrypted Narrowband and Wideband Networking
NSA-certified for voice and data up to Top Secret, the AN/PRC-158 meets all JTRS COMSEC and TRANSEC requirements. Each of the manpack’s two channels can transmit and receive voice and data simultaneously, and it comes fully-equipped with integrated MUOS hardware. Expansion slot available to provide future integration of mission modules for ISR reception, MANET and SIGINT.
* Integrated MUOS capable hardware
* Software Communications Architecture hosts a variety of narrowband and wideband waveforms
* Embedded routing and crossbanding
* Optional mission modules for advanced capabilities
* Ability to crossband voice and data
L3Harris Falcon III® RF-7800H-MP Wideband HF/VHF Tactical Radio System
The L3Harris RF-7800H-MP is the smallest, lightest and fastest Type 3 wideband HF manpack available today. With expanded data capabilities for long-range, beyond-line-of-sight environments, it provides continuous coverage on the power of a single battery.
With its Falcon II® interoperability, the L3Harris Wideband HF/VHF Tactical Radio System easily integrates into existing networks. It features extended range despite degraded communication channels, and delivers last-ditch voice and SMS messaging in channels where legacy waveforms don’t work. In addition to its high-speed processing power, the RF-7800H-MP features a Software Defined Radio (SDR) architecture, enabling it to host future capabilities.
* 20% lighter than legacy HF manpacks
* Interoperable with Falcon II® radios and accessories
* Embedded Citadel® and AES encryption
* Internal GPS receiver and telephony
* Continuous coverage from 1.5 to 60 MHz, 20 watts HF and 10 watts VHF
* Bandwidths from 3 to 24 kHz, with data rates up to 120 kbps
L3Harris wins a contract to provide ROVER
During AUSA, Defense News announced that L3Harris won a contract to provide ROVER transceiver upgrade in deal worth over $90m. The U.S. Army selected L3Harris Technologies to provide ROVER 6 transceiver equipment upgrades in support of the U.S. Army’s One System Remote Video Terminal program of record, meant to improve situational awareness for soldiers in the field, the company announced Monday at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference.
The company did not disclose the value of the award but said it was more than $90m.
The portable ROVER systems deliver full-motion video and geospatial data from manned or unmanned aircraft to enhance reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition and general situational awareness on the battlefield.
The move comes as the Army envisions advanced manned-unmanned teaming, or MUM-T.
Within the last month, the Army acquisitions office for unmanned aerial systems awarded a contract for the Rover 6S and the Tactical Network ROVER2E, a newer version of the man-portable radio.
The Army is scheduled to receive its first deliveries beginning in November 2020, the company said at the AUSA meeting in Washington.
According to L3Harris, the updated systems expand frequency capability. They also reduce the equipment’s size, weight and power needs, as well as add processing resources. They also include Cryptographic Core Modernization. The systems are meant to transform sensor-to-shooter networking and allow increased levels of collaboration and interoperability with virtually all large airframes, unmanned aerial vehicles and targeting pods in theater today.
L3Harris HalcyonLink Introduced
In addition L3Harris introduced a first-of-its-kind capability that enables warfighters to sustain critical communication while they are simultaneously conducting electronic warfare (EW) and cyber operations. As the U.S. military conducts EW and cyber operations, noise from co-located EW transmitters can impact the performance of nearby tactical communication systems. The L3Harris HalcyonLink leverages the company’s adaptive interference cancellation technology to sustain the warfighter’s communications during this critical period.
“HalcyonLink eliminates the interference between EW systems and communications radios, enabling warfighters to sustain vital communication lifelines while conducting EW and cyber operations,” said Ed Zoiss, President, Space and Airborne Systems, L3Harris. “As a leader in EW and tactical communications, L3Harris technology is being brought to bear to protect and connect our warfighters on the electronic battlefield.”
L3Harris has a fifty-year legacy of using high-performance interference cancellation technology to address the most difficult interference challenges. HalcyonLink is powered by L3Harris’ Advanced Interference Mitigation System.
Enhanced Night Vision Goggle – Binocular (ENVG-B) Deliveries
L3Harris Technologies also announced during AUSA that it has begun initial deliveries of its new Enhanced Night Vision Goggle – Binocular (ENVG-B) that provides U.S. Army soldiers with improved situational awareness, mobility and protection. The delivery is part of an initial order under a $391 million ENVG-B Directed Requirement contract from the U.S. Army received in 2018.
L3Harris delivered the first 40 combat-ready systems as part of an initial fielding that is expected to be completed by early 2020. This advanced binocular night vision goggle supports the Army’s Soldier Lethality Cross-Functional team priorities. The ENVG-B includes L3Harris’ high-performance white phosphor image intensification technology in a dual-tube goggle, as well as a separate thermal channel for image fusion and thermal target detection. This technology will enhance the ability to locate and engage threats and access common operating environment imagery.
“The ENVG-B is the result of a year-long collaboration with the U.S. Army to deliver the most advanced night fighting system ever fielded,” said Dana Mehnert, President, Communication Systems, L3Harris. “This is the first networked night vison system that brings battlefield imagery and data directly to the soldier’s eye, providing situational awareness beyond the capability of near-peer threats facing the U.S. military and our allies around the world.”
Following the delivery of the first 40 units, L3Harris received two additional delivery orders totaling approximately $153 million for nearly 7,000 additional systems and logistics support. Combined with the initial $88 million delivery order, L3Harris has received orders to deliver just over 10,000 ENVG-B systems under the Directed Requirement contract.
The ENVG-B includes a new high-resolution display and an embedded soldier wireless personal area network, rapid target acquisition and augmented reality algorithms to interface with the U.S. Army’s Nett Warrior. The complete system will interface with the Army’s family of weapon sights, while enhancing interoperability and data sharing.