Harris wins North African military radio contract


Harris Corporation has received an $11 million order from a North African nation to supply its Falcon III multiband, multimission radios as part of an ongoing force modernization programme.

The contract also involves the supply of spares, installation kits and continental U.S. unit-level test equipment and training. The customer will receive thousands of RF-7800H-MP wide-band tactical man-pack radios, which has the capacity to deliver expanded data capabilities in long-range and Beyond-Line-Of-Sight (BLOS) environments, Harris said.

The customer will also receive the RF-7850M-HH multi-band networking hand-held radio, which offers wide-band communications and mobile, ad-hoc networking along with legacy narrow-band waveforms as well as the RF-7800V-HH VHF Combat Net Radio (CNR).
“Harris’ Falcon III radios will support the customer’s need for simultaneous, secure voice and high-bandwidth data across a wide range of military missions. Our strong presence in the region, coupled with our ongoing investment in advancing Falcon solutions, enables us to transition customers from their legacy, voice-dominated tactical radios to networked wide-band tactical radios,” said Harris Communication Systems President Chris Young.

Harris was earlier awarded a $20,116,679 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales contract for radios, spares, installation kits, and continental U.S. unit-level test equipment training to Morocco, Kuwait, and Qatar, according to the US Federal Business Opportunities website, which added that work will be completed in February 2021.

Given the fact that the North African contract was announced shortly after the Morocco, Kuwait and Qatar contract, it is likely that the $11 million order is for Morocco’s armed forces.