Harris Corporation AN PRC-163 handheld radio receives NSA Type-1 certification


Harris Corporation has received National Security Agency (NSA) Type-1 certification for its AN/PRC-163 multi-channel handheld networking radio – bringing groundbreaking capabilities to the warfighter, with the ability for future expansion.


harris corporation an prc 163 radio nsa type1 certification
The AN/PRC-163 (source: Harris Corporation)


The Harris AN/PRC-163 combines communications and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to address the users’ unique mission needs in a small, portable form factor. This certification allows the radio to transmit secure voice and data communications up to Top Secret level on both channels for VHF/UHF line of sight, SATCOM and Mobile Ad-Hoc Networking applications.

As a software-defined radio, it can be easily upgraded in the field and includes a mission module expansion slot that allows for changes based on evolving mission needs. It also has coalition and built-in backward interoperability to communicate over legacy SATCOM, VHF/UHF line-of-sight, and Mobile Ad-Hoc Networking applications. It can operate in the harshest environments and meets rigorous requirements for small, lightweight, multiband, multifunction and multi-mission tactical radios.

“This important NSA Type-1 certification is a key milestone in delivering revolutionary capability in a handheld radio to our warfighters,” said Dana Mehnert, president, Harris Communication Systems. “The ability to securely transmit information using VHF/UHF line-of-sight, SATCOM, and Mobile Ad-Hoc Networking, as well as future applications in increasingly challenging communications environments, is critical to the warfighter. This radio delivers that capability now while providing room for future growth.”


 

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