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Falcon manpack radio cleared for Top Secret traffic

Sep. 2, 2014
 
The Falcon III Multi-channel manpack radio is now NSA-approved for Top-Secret traffic.
The Falcon III Multi-channel manpack radio is now NSA-approved for Top-Secret traffic. (Harris)

Harris Corp.'s Falcon III RF-340M multi-channel manpack radio has received Type-1 NSA certification. This allows the radios to accommodate voice and data traffic up to Top Secret clearance.

"The RF-340M multi-channel manpack is the first and only commercially developed radio to achieve Type-1 certification in anticipation of the U.S. Army’s Handheld, Manpack and Small-Form Factor (HMS) tactical radio program," said a Harris news release.

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The RF-340M is smaller and lighter compared to older radios, according to Harris. It can also connect with Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellites without adding additional hardware. The first radios will be delivered to the U.S. Navy this fall.

“NSA certification of the RF-340M is a significant milestone as the U.S. Army transitions to competitive tactical radio procurements," said George Helm, president of Department of Defense business for Harris RF Communications.

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