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L3Harris Technologies to launch new wideband waveforms

CEE militaries are interested in purchasing new waveforms developed by L3Harris Technologies and intended for the Falcon III RF-7850 family of software-defined radios, pictured here at Eurosatory 2024. (Janes/Andrew White)

L3Harris Technologies is expected to unveil new wideband waveforms in September 2024, intended initially for Central and Eastern European (CEE) militaries, Janes learnt.

Speaking to Janes at the Eurosatory 2024 defence exhibition in Paris, held from 17 to 21 June, a company spokesperson disclosed that CEE militaries would be the first international customers for the ‘Vapor' and ‘Vanguard' waveforms, designed to increase security and resilience in contested areas of operation.

The spokesperson was unable to disclose which specific armed forces were interested in purchasing the new waveforms, although, L3Harris business development executive Michael Wolfe confirmed to Janes that the new waveforms were being designed to support the Falcon III RF-7850 family of software-defined radios (SDRs).

L3Harris Technologies has been supplying non-Type 1 SDRs to Ukraine's Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Special Operations Forces since 2012, where they are used to co-ordinate operations in highly contested, electromagnetic operating environments.

The new waveforms, which operate between 225 MHz and 2.5 GHz and will be made available as a pair, have been designed to support anti-jamming and anti-detection requirements, Wolfe said.

The Vanguard waveform is designed to enable ground-to-ground communications, embedded into RF-7850D vehicular and RF-7850S handheld SDRs. Meanwhile, the Vapor waveform will support video datalink communications from unmanned air and ground vehicles equipped with the RF-7850A-ER Embeddable Modular Radio (EMR).

Wolfe confirmed that the new waveforms are developments from legacy Soldier- and Video-TDMA Networking Waveforms, but will also include frequency-hopping technologies.

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