Military Embedded Systems

Falcon IV multi-channel manpack radios to be delivered to Special Ops


October 29, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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MELBOURNE, Fla. U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has awarded L3Harris Technologies an initial $82 million full-rate production order for its new Falcon IV AN/PRC-167 multi-channel manpack radio that is intended to provide Special Operations Forces (SOF) with advanced communications capabilities.

The order is part of a $255 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract awarded by USSOCOM under the Next Generation Tactical Communications (NGTC) program to deliver multi-channel manpack radios. Prior to the award of the NGTC multi-channel manpack contract, USSOCOM also awarded the company an IDIQ contract for Falcon IV AN/PRC-163 multi-channel handheld radios.

The AN/PRC-167 is engineered to meet multi-domain challenges of dismounted, vehicular, maritime, and airborne missions. According to the company, it is designed to simultaneously run a portfolio of line of sight, networking, SATCOM, and waveforms on each of the two 30-2600 MHz primary channels.

Multiple robust mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) waveforms aim to equip Hyper Enabled Operators with information and data analytics at the tactical edge. The software-defined manpack is engineered to support in-field software updates to add waveforms and new capabilities.


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