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The US Navy (USN) Naval Information Warfare Systems Command has selected L3Harris Technologies to provide communications and network solutions for its Battle Force Tactical Network (BFTN), the company announced on 17 December. 

L3Harris will provide systems-of-network hardware, as well as engineering and technical services for future enhancements in support of the BFTN system. The BFTN system acquires and integrates commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology and provides secure connectivity to the maritime operational environment for USN and coalition forces, with a persistent internet protocol over radio frequency networking capability to counter satellite communications-denied environments. The system also delivers line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight secure wireless network connectivity for ships, submarines, aircraft and naval shore facilities.

“This selection represents a key milestone for L3Harris’ commitment in providing advanced communications and network solutions for the US Navy,” said Don Hairston, President, C5 Systems, L3Harris.We are focused on bringing the Navy superior solutions to assure tactical communications and network connectivity.”

BFTN is aimed at helping simplify the complexity of the secure networked battlespace in which the USN and sister services operate – or at least assisting in hiding the complexity from the end-user. (Image: US Navy)

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