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22 Apr 03. Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS – News), has been awarded a contract with the Chilean Joint Forces. Harris will supply its FALCON(r) II radios to the Chilean Army, Navy and Air Force, to be used primarily for peacekeeping missions.

Under the terms of the contract, Harris will provide the Chilean Joint Forces with its RF-5800V-MP, RF-5800V-HH and RF-5800H-MP radios, all part of the FALCON II Family of tactical radio products. The radios will be delivered in April 2003.

The RF-5800V-MP is designed with a common digital platform, man-machine interface, and accessories that reduce logistic and training costs. High-speed data, with rates up to 64 kbps, reduce on-the-air time and enable high data rate applications such as image and simultaneous voice and data transmissions. The RF-5800V-HH is a small, lightweight, very high frequency (VHF) handheld radio that extends the outstanding performance of the FALCON II tactical radio family to the squad level. It is compatible with the RF-5800V-MP and other FALCON II radios. The RF-5800H-MP is an advanced High Frequency (HF)-SSB/VHF-FM manpack radio that provides reliable tactical communications through enhanced secure voice and data performance, networking, and extended battery life.

On April 21st, Harris Corporation introduced the RF-5800R-RC001 Remote Control System for the Harris Falcon(R) II family of radios. It provides remote transmit and receive of audio and data, and full control of the Falcon II HF, VHF, UHF and Multiband radios up to a distance of 3.5 km. The ability to remotely control the radio protects the location of the radio operator from electronic detection by hostile forces. The remote control system may be used in all radio operating modes including fixed-frequency, frequency hopping and automatic link establishment.

The RF-5800R-RC001 also supports the full range of data interfaces of the Falcon II radios, allowing for remote operation of Harris’ data applications. An intercom function is available between the local and remote operators.

The RF-5800R-RC001 consists of a Remote Control Unit (RCU) and a Local Control Unit (LCU). The LCU replaces the Keypad Display Unit on the radio and is powered by the radio. The radio’s removable Keypad Display Unit is then placed on the Remote Control Unit. A single battery powers the Remote Control Unit. Both the RCU and LCU have visual indicators to display link status, order-wire call and battery status.

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