Harris Corp. and Lockheed Martin have completed a compatibility experiment for Harris’ radio system by connecting it with a Lockheed satellite system, intending to help fulfill the U.S. military’s requirements for cellular communications.
The Falcon III multiband manpack radio connected with the Mobile User Objective System satellite constellation during a high-latitude test over the North Pole, Harris said Monday.
George Helm, president for the Defense Department business at Harris RF Communications, said the radio system is built to help fill the gap of terminal supply for the DoD.
Lockheed, prime contractor of the MUOS system, led the experiment to transmit signals from the satellite system to the Harris radio onboard a plane for end users through upgraded Falcon III software.
Harris is also producing reflector antennas for the MUOS constellation under a separate contract.