L3Harris Technologies announced the unveiling of its Iridium Distributed Tactical Communications Systems (DTCS) mission module enabling push-to-talk voice and data for warfighters worldwide.
The announcement was made at AUSA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, which took place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. on October 10-12, 2022.
The mission module connects the L3Harris AN/PRC-163 multi-channel handheld tactical radio to the U.S. Space Force’s DTCS network, providing warfighters in the field secure voice and data communication without having to carry a separate Iridium satellite radio.
“This new capability enables warfighters to stay connected anywhere on the battlefield and provides commanders extraordinary versatility exercising command and control,” said Ed Zoiss, President, Space and Airborne Systems, L3Harris.
“The ability to stay connected in virtually any situation allows for better planning and responsive execution of missions,” he added.
Warfighters armed with the AN/PRC-163 and DTCS mission module can now communicate using any combination of satellite communications, mobile ad-hoc network, or line-of-sight modes even in situations when one or more connection methods are not available. Small, power efficient and easy to use, the mission module attaches directly to the AN/PRC-163, or through a tethered cable, and controlled from the radio’s existing control panel.
The mission module, a part of the Assured Reach family of communications technologies, complements L3Harris’ Falcon® radio product line, delivering networked communications to more than 700,000 U.S. and allied users around the world. With more than six decades of tactical expertise and one million radios deployed, L3Harris connects ground, sea, air and space with reliable, secure mission-critical tactical communications.
L3Harris Technologies, an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivers end-to-end solutions meeting our customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across space, air, land, sea and cyber domains.
L3Harris has more than $17 billion in annual revenue and 47,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.
Caption: The Iridium DTCS mission module connects the L3Harris AN/PRC-163 multi-channel handheld tactical radio to a global network, providing warfighters in the field secure voice and data communication (© L3Harris)