New Multi-Channel Radios for US Marine Corps

Providing secure communications waveforms while simultaneously integrating voice and data communications, network routing, and gateway functions, L3Harris’ Falcon IV radios offer resilience against peer adversary threats By DA Reporter / 02 Feb 2022
L3Harris Falcon IV

L3Harris Technologies has been awarded a 10-year, $750 million single-award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract from the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) for multi-channel handheld and vehicular radio systems.

The L3Harris Falcon IV family of manpack and handheld radios selected by the USMC have been broadly adopted by the U.S. Army, U.S. Special Operations Command, U.S. Air Force and a growing number of key allies to provide secure, resilient and interoperable communications capabilities.

Providing a wide range of secure communications waveforms – while simultaneously integrating voice and data communications, network routing, and gateway functions – the Falcon IV AN/PRC-163 radios offer true resilience against peer adversary threats, which is critical to achieving the USMC’s vision for Force Design 2030 and enabling Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2). In addition, the flexible software-defined architecture enables Marines to quickly add new waveforms and enhanced capabilities to address evolving requirements.

The company will supply radios, accessories and installation kits enabling the Falcon IV to be integrated with the HMMWV and Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.

“This latest award extends our long and successful partnership with the Marines – we are committed to delivering and supporting battle-proven radios that provide secure and resilient communications to meet their unique mission needs,” said Chris Aebli, President, Tactical Communications, L3Harris. “Our leadership in software-defined communications architecture enables L3Harris to deliver enduring value while consistently meeting rigorous requirements for performance, size, weight and power, and security ­­— including the NSA crypto-modernization standards.”

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