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Harris manpack radio communicates with satellite constellation

Harris Corp.´s (NYSE: HRS) Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radio has communicated with the new mobile user objective system (MUOS) satellite constellation.

MUOS is a next-generation military satellite communications system designed to provide US Department of Defense (DoD) users with enhanced cellular telephone-like capabilities through tactical radios.

Harris demonstrated third-generation wireless compatibility with the MUOS constellation during a recent high-latitude experiment over the North Pole. The Falcon III radio received and displayed MUOS satellite transmissions during the experiment, demonstrating the viability of MUOS terminals in polar regions, which have been underserved by legacy military UHF satellite communications.

The high latitude experiment was led by Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor to the US government for the MUOS satellite system. The experiment involved repeated transmissions between the MUOS system and the Harris radio onboard a cargo plane flying from Alaska to the North Pole and back. The experiment´s success follows favorable results in a similar test during the summer in US government testing labs in San Diego.

Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 125 countries. Additional information about Harris Corp. is available at


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