Harris CapRock and Astrium Services Team to Offer End-to-End UHF Tactical
*Solution integrates Harris’ industry-leading radios, waveforms and
end-to-end satellite services.
*Users gain unprecedented ability to control and optimize their own UHF
*Solution enables expanded and more affordable use of beyond-line-of-site
voice and data communications in tactical radios.
MELBOURNE, Fla. & FAIRFAX, Va. -- July 10, 2012
Harris CapRock Communications, a global provider of fully managed
communications for remote and harsh environments, has signed a multi-year,
multi-channel agreement with Astrium Services to offer end-to-end Ultra-High
Frequency (UHF) Tactical Satellite solutions to international and U.S.
Government users. The joint Harris CapRock and Astrium Services end-to-end
commercial UHF service will be launched in spring 2013.
Harris CapRock now joins Astrium Services in providing UHF solutions across
the entire Skynet Fleet as a global channel partner. Astrium Services owns and
operates a fleet of military-grade geosynchronous communications satellites
with both UHF and X-band payloads.
UHF is the ultra-critical communications link designed for users at the
tactical edge, and for command and control reach-back. As the most robust
beyond-line-of-sight communications available, access to scarce UHF satellite
capacity is becoming increasingly important. In February, the U.S. Government
launched the first of five next generation UHF satellites known as the Mobile
User Objective System (MUOS). Despite the substantial increase in capacity and
capability offered by MUOS, the demand for UHF satellite capacity still
exceeds supply by over 200 percent, according to recent Government reports.
The joint Harris CapRock and Astrium Services end-to-end commercial UHF
service offers domestic and international users access to an unprecedented
level of control over UHF capacity compared to today. The service will include
dedicated 25 kHz and 5 kHz satellite channels for use with any UHF Tactical
Satellite (TACSAT) capable radios, including several prevalent Harris models
such as its Falcon II^® and Falcon III^® product lines. Using a new Harris
TACSAT waveform, offered as part of the end-to-end service, users will be able
to actively manage their channels by splitting the capacity into multiple
networks for simultaneous users – a significant improvement over current
levels of capability. The UHF service also will support legacy UHF waveforms
such as DAMA and IW when using government infrastructure.
“UHF is essential when assured tactical communications are a must,” said Tom
Eaton, president, Harris CapRock. “Because we are part of Harris Corporation,
we are able to combine industry-leading radios and waveforms with Harris
CapRock’s satellite and terrestrial infrastructure to offer end-to-end UHF
solutions to customers operating in extreme environments. We also are enabling
something our customers have never had before – full control over their UHF
“Astrium Services pioneered the concept of commercially supplied
military-hardened SATCOM capacity, and this represents another step forward in
delivering real capability directly to the end users,” said Simon Kershaw,
executive director Telecom Governmental, Astrium Services. “Combining our
military-hardened Skynet space segment with Harris’ market-leading radios and
end-to-end solutions gives users a greater choice, straight capacity or
managed UHF services, without worrying about integration, licensing or
support. This combination and the launch of a fourth Skynet-5 satellite toward
the end of this year means we can reach out to even more customers with this
very capable, world-class system.”
Harris CapRock Communications is a premier global provider of managed
satellite and terrestrial communications solutions, specifically for remote
and harsh environments including the energy, government and maritime markets.
Harris CapRock owns and operates a robust global infrastructure that includes
teleports on six continents, five 24/7 customer support centers, local
presence in 23 countries, and over 275 global field service personnel
supporting customer locations across North America, Central and South America,
Europe, West Africa and Asia Pacific.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company
serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries.
Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $6 billion
of annual revenue and about 17,000 employees — including nearly 7,000
engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class
assured communications^® products, systems, and services. Additional
information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
Alix Hornig, 703-752-6854
Jim Burke, 321-727-9131
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