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L3Harris Introduces Next Generation Satellite Radio With Built-In Messaging and Situational Awareness

Space & Airborne Systems
May 18, 2022 | 6 MINUTE Read

MELBOURNE, Fla. — L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) has introduced the most advanced handheld satellite radio operating within the U.S. Space Force’s Distributed Tactical Communications Systems. 

The next-generation RO®-X tactical radio transmits and receives voice and GPS over a single antenna, with a full keypad and color display to provide a user-friendly interface to create, send and read messages. Building off of the successful fielding of 15,000 RO satellite radios, the next-generation RO-X delivers improved, embedded messaging and situational awareness without requiring established ground infrastructure.

“Situational awareness is key to success in the modern battlespace,” said David Kornick, President, Intelligence & Cyber, L3Harris. “Now, everyone with an RO-X in their hand can add to their team’s intelligence in real time.”

The RO-X is designed to be used by any tactical unit in need of reliable, satellite-enabled radios with secure “walkie-talkie” connection speeds. Leveraging the Distributed Tactical Communications System (DTCS) provided by the USSF Enhanced Mobile Satellite Service (EMSS) office, RO-X users can place receive calls remotely from the radio, including to smartphones and tablets via a push-to-talk application and embedded Wi-Fi. Once the satellite connection is established, the radio maintains the link to achieve near instantaneous Push-To-Talk capability.

The next-generation RO-X system complements L3Harris’ Falcon® radio product line, which has delivered network-centric communications to more than 700,000 troops around the world. With more than six decades of tactical expertise and more than 1 million radios deployed, L3Harris is the global technology leader connecting ground, sea, air and space with reliable, secure mission-critical tactical communications.

The RO-X radio will be available (L3Harris booth #813) during the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference May 16 to 19 in Tampa, Fla.

About L3Harris Technologies
L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet 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.

Forward-Looking Statements
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