Harris Introduces New Multiband, Multimission VHF/UHF Radio For Export Markets

Harris RF Communications Group recently introduced a new multiband VHF/UHF radio transceiver designed to meet the multimission, multiwaveform requirements of modern international defense forces.

The new AN/PRC-117D(E) was introduced by Harris specifically for export markets and provides multiple frequency bands in one compact lightweight manpack radio set.

The AN/PRC-117D(E) operates in VHF-FM, VHF-FM/AM and UHFFM/ AM frequency bands and provides for line-of-sight (LOS) operation in all bands, giving complete mission flexibility for ground-to-air, ship-to-ship, ship-to-shore and ground-to-ground communications.

The AN/PRC-117D(E) is interoperable with most tactical radios, including fixed frequency VHF and UHF systems. Waveforms include AM and FM modulation, and Harris' proprietary ECCM frequency hopping. ECCM capability is available in all bands in all line-of-sight modes, and is interoperable with fielded AN/PRC-117A and AN/VRC- 94A(V) series radios.

When used with the built-in RF- 3995 digital encryption option, the AN/PRC-117D(E) provides advanced communications security in the voice and data modes. The RF- 3995 uses a proprietary pseudorandom key-generator algorithm with up to 10 exp 52 combinations.

The unique combination of multiple frequency bands and waveforms available in the AN/PRC- 117D(E) effectively reduces the number of radios needed to provide the same communications capability.

The AN/PRC-117D(E) is available in manpack and vehicular versions.

The complete manpack radio set weighs only 15.2 pounds, including battery, antenna and handset. The vehicular version is available with either 10 or 50 watt output.

For more information about the AN/PRC-117D(E) from Harris Corporation, C i r c l e 47 on Reader Service Card

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 80,  Apr 1992 John Laing

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