Communications equipment

Sept. 1, 2002
Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems to supply U.S. Army with vehicle intercoms

Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems to supply U.S. Army with vehicle intercoms
Officials at the U.S. Army's Communications-Electronics Command recently chose a team of Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems engineers to continue supplying the U.S. Army with the AN/VIC-3 Vehicular Intercommunication System (VIS).

The team, Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector, headquartered in Baltimore, Md., and BAE Systems C4ISR, Land Platform Communications Group, based in Blackburn, U.K., have jointly supplied more than 20,000 VIS systems since the equipment was first procured by the Army in 1993, Northrop Grumman officials say. This includes exports to 14 other countries.

"Both Northrop Grumman and our team partner, BAE Systems, recognize that user requirements in military communications are continually evolving," says David Watson, program manager for Vehicular Intercommunication Systems at Northrop Grumman. "This award acknowledges our ongoing effort to enhance the VIC-3's performance, especially in the areas of cordless communication and digital data transmission."

"VIC-3 forms the basis for a family of related communication products now entering service," says Nick Heyes, BAE Systems business manager for the AN/VIC-3 program. "Ultimately they will provide digital connectivity not only within the vehicle but between groups of vehicles, while maintaining the use of existing VIC-3 assets and associated cabling."

The VIC-3 digital intercom system provides clear, noise-free communication between crew members inside combat vehicles and externally over as many as six combat net radios, Northrop Grumman officials say. It provides digital data distribution, voice-activated switching, a redundant architecture to mitigate battle damage, and a built-in test capability, company officials say.

For more information on Northrop Grumman's Electronics Systems sector contact the company on the World Wide Web at For more information on BAE Systems C4ISR, Land Platform Communications Group contact the company on the World Wide Web at


Japan Airlines chooses CMC Electronics for 747 jetliner avionics upgrade
Avionics planners at Japan Airlines (JAL) in Tokyo needed a major avionics upgrade for their fleet of Boeing 747 jetliners. They found their solution from CMC Electronics Inc. in Quebec.

JAL officials are choosing CMC engineers to provide the company's Global Positioning System (GPS)-based CMA-900 flight management system, as well as the company's' CMA-2102 high-gain satellite communications antenna as part of JAL's flight deck avionics upgrade program for 18 firm and 16 optional 747-200, -200F, and -300 jumbo jetliners.

The JAL configuration is a multi-sensor system based in the CMC GPS and satellite communications antenna, as well as inertial reference systems and distance measuring equipment. The CMA-900 flight management system has a color liquid crystal multifunction display with 12-channel GPS sensor, company officials say.

The CMA-900 is certified for GPS primary-means navigation in oceanic and remote areas, and also meets the requirements of TSO-C129a, class A1/B1/C1. The system incorporates provisions for future AOC/ATS/ADS datalink compatibility, as well as differential GPS navigation and wide and local-area precision approaches. Analog and digital interfaces link to other aircraft subsystems and displays, as well as to company route and worldwide navigation databases.

CMA-900 features include en-route and terminal area flight planning and navigation, GPS instrument approaches, visual navigation approach guidance, and autopilot coupling. As a multi-sensor navigator meeting TSO-C115b, the system integrates other navigation sensors and offers several navigation modes including GPS, DME/DME, VOR/DME and INS/IRS.

For more information contact CMC Electronics by phone at 514-748-3148, by fax at 514-748-3100, by post at 600 Dr. Frederik Philips Blvd., Ville Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada H4M 2S9, or on the World Wide Web at

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