Army orders high-frequency radios to biological detection system

The Harris Corporation has received a $9 million order from the U.S. Army for specialized high-frequency radios to be used in the Army’s Joint Biological Point Detection System.

The JBPDS system will use Harris’ Falcon II 400-watt AN/PRC-150(C) systems to aid with the system’s primary objecting of detecting and identifying biological warfare agents. The AN/PRC-150(C) communicates alerts to headquarters automatically over high-frequency radio links when the JBPDS system detects biological agents.

"Harris is the market leader in tactical, high-frequency radio communications,” Brendan O'Connell, president of Harris RF Communications' Department of Defense business, said. “We have supported the integration of our radio systems into many types of customer programs. In this instance, the Army is taking advantage of the secure data transmission capabilities of the AN/PRC-150 to give U.S. forces the maximum amount of time to respond to potentially significant threats."

The AN/PRC-150(C) is an NSA-Type1 certified high-frequency radio system that provides continuous coverage in the frequency range of 1.5 to 60 MHz, giving secure data and voice communications in harsh conditions.

Harris RF Communications supplies secure radio communications and embedded high-grade encryption solutions for government, military and commercial organizations. Their systems are used in handheld, manpack and vehicular applications. Harris RF Communication systems are also used in the utility, transportation and public safety markets.