Harris Corporation Receives $12 Million Order from U.S. Marine Corps for Upgrades to Falcon III(R) AN/VRC-110 Multiband Vehicular Radios

April 26, 2010

ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has received a $12 million order from the U.S. Marine Corps for upgrades to Falcon III AN/VRC-110 multiband, multimode vehicular tactical radio systems.

Harris will provide upgrade kits to the Marines to convert existing 20-watt AN/VRC-110 systems to 50-watt systems. This enhancement will allow users to establish voice and data links over wider distances and improve the reliability of secure tactical communications over rough terrain.

“Marines engage insurgents using smaller teams patrolling wider areas of operation — and tactical ground radios form a vital link between forward deployed units and commanders,” said Steve Marschilok, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications. “The upgrades will extend the combat-proven communications capabilities of the AN/VRC-110 system to ensure Marines are able to get mission-relevant information when and where they need it.”

The AN/VRC-110 is a fully integrated, high-performance multiband vehicular radio system, consisting of an amplifier adapter and two JTRS-approved Falcon III® AN/PRC-152(C) multiband handheld radios, which serve as handheld transceivers. The AN/VRC-110 enables warfighters to maintain communications in dismount operations by allowing the AN/PRC-152(C) handheld radios to be quickly removed while remaining powered on. The system’s “jerk-and-run” capabilities in combination with its reliable long-range performance have proven the AN/VRC-110 highly-valuable to end users in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The combat-proven AN/PRC-152(C) is the most widely fielded JTRS-approved handheld radio with more than 100,000 units deployed. It provides advanced capabilities such as SINCGARS interoperability, ultra high-frequency (UHF) ground-to-ground line-of-sight communications, close-air support and programmable encryption. The AN/PRC-152 radio has an optional “high-band” capability that provides an increased frequency range ideal for interoperability with civilian law enforcement and public safety officials.

The Falcon III AN/VRC-110 multiband, multimode vehicular tactical radio systems has followed the U.S. military’s Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program’s Enterprise Business Model (EBM) and operates on the JTRS Software Communications Architecture. By adhering to the DoD’s open-standards approach to radio technology, the Harris Falcon III® tactical ground radios and related systems give customers a future-focused technology platform that easily integrates pre-planned upgrades and new capabilities based on warfighters’ emerging requirements, while offering compatibility with legacy radios. The Falcon III family of radios offers the flexibility to continuously and rapidly deliver on warfighters’ evolving requirements.

Harris RF Communications is the leading global supplier of secure radio communications and embedded high-grade encryption solutions for military, government and commercial organizations. The company’s Falcon family of software-defined tactical radio systems encompasses manpack, handheld and vehicular applications. Falcon III is the next generation of radios supporting the U.S. military’s Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) requirements, as well as network-centric operations worldwide. Harris RF Communications is also a leading supplier of assured communications® systems and equipment for public safety, utility and transportation markets — with products ranging from the most advanced IP voice and data networks to portable and mobile single- and multiband radios.

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 $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 15,000 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.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect management’s current expectations, assumptions and estimates of future performance and economic conditions. Such statements are made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and future trends to differ materially from those matters expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements about the expected value of the program to Harris are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties. Harris disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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