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January 24, 2013

Harris Corporation Unveils New UL-Band Power Amplifier

By Deepika Mala, TMCnet Contributor

Harris Corporation (News - Alert), an international communications and information technology company, has launched a new UL-Band power amplifier.

The power amplifier provides greater capacity, efficiency and range to wideband tactical networking. It combines with the Falcon III AN/PRC-117G and offers continuous UHF and L-Band frequency coverage from 225 MHz to 2 GHz.

The world’s most widely fielded JTRS-Certified radio, the AN/PRC-117G combines line-of-sight, beyond-line-of-sight and wideband communications capabilities in a single lightweight package.

With the help of the extended frequency coverage provided by the new power amplifier, users operating in vehicles are allowed to take advantage of the additional spectrum, available up to 2 GHz to send and receive large data files, including video.

“Our UL-Band power amplifier provided soldiers at the NIE with significant performance enhancements in the wideband network. In particular, the amplifier enabled our solution to meet or exceed requirements for voice and data in range, throughput, security and reliability,’’ said George Helm, president or Department of Defense business at Harris RF Communications, in a statement. “The UL-Band amplifier provides increased overall capacity and offers the Army a robust Wideband Networking Waveform-based solution.’’

Officials confirmed that the UL-Band amplifier, compatible with legacy narrowband waveforms as well as various wideband waveforms, also serves as accessory to the Falcon III AN/PRC-117G and provides the same size, weight and power profile as the existing VHF/UHF amplifier.

Harris has successfully operated the new power amplifier on military vehicles at the recently completed U.S. Army Network Integration Evaluation.

In related TMC (News - Alert) news, Harris Corporation announced that its Falcon multiband manpack tactical radios and accessories have been selected by the U.S. Air Force as its next-generation radio platform for tactical voice and wideband data communications.

Edited by Ashley Caputo

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