The U.S. Air Force has awarded a development prototype contract to L3Harris Technologies for the L3Harris Falcon Wideband Airborne HF Radio, after the company was selected by the U.S. Air Force in a competitive prototype effort.
L3Harris Technologies will now be part of a competitive down select.
The initial development phase will lead to low-rate initial production followed by a full production decision to replace the service’s AN/ARC-190 airborne HF radio.
“The capabilities provided by the L3Harris Falcon Wideband Airborne HF Radio will be a game-changer for the U.S. Air Force, with L3Harris’ modernized software-defined technology that is designed to overmatch in contested and SATCOM-denied environments,” said Ryan McCarty, Vice President and General Manager, DoD Tactical Communications, L3Harris Communication Systems. “This prototype development selection expands our airborne product line and brings our leadership in tactical HF radios to the airborne segment.”
The new radio will address, the U.S. Air Force HF Radio Modernization requirement and allow airmen to communicate data at speeds up to ten times greater as compared to the legacy ARC-190 radios.
The software-defined digital multi-mode wideband L3Harris Falcon Wideband Airborne HF Radio has the capacity to augment space-based beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) systems, providing a much-needed alternative capability in a SATCOM-denied environment.