L-3 will make Army's vehicle-mounted SATCOM terminals

NEW YORK, 19 Sept. 2005. L-3 Communications announced today that its Communication Systems-West division (L-3 CS-West) has been awarded an $82 million contract modification from U.S. Army Communication- Electronics Life Cycle Management Command, Acquisition Center, Fort Monmouth, N.J. for the production of its quad-band, High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV)-mounted, 2.4 meter Phoenix SATCOM terminal (Phoenix).

Sep 19th, 2005

NEW YORK, 19 Sept. 2005. L-3 Communications announced today that its Communication Systems-West division (L-3 CS-West) has been awarded an $82 million contract modification from U.S. Army Communication- Electronics Life Cycle Management Command, Acquisition Center, Fort Monmouth, N.J. for the production of its quad-band, High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV)-mounted, 2.4 meter Phoenix SATCOM terminal (Phoenix).

The Phoenix is a rapid-deployable, vehicle-mounted terminal capable of operating in any one of four configurable radio frequency (RF) bands (i.e., C, X, Ku, and Ka). The system has been proven through a full qualification testing program, demonstrating its capability in all types of environmental conditions. In addition, the terminal has successfully completed both Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and Army Strategic Command (ARSTRAT) certification testing, allowing it to operate over X- and Ka-Band satellites. The Phoenix is the first terminal to successfully complete pre-launch Ka-Band certification testing.

In addition to the terminals, the contract award includes delivery of spare equipment, Quad-Band Satellite Emulators and training. The project manager for this initiative is PM Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T).

"We are very proud to have produced the first fully certified Quad Band 2.4 meter SATCOM terminal that our customers depend on in-theater. Our engineering team and our suppliers have worked hard to solve this complex communications problem for our nation's military," said Curtis Brunson, president and general manager of L-3 CS-West.

L-3 CS-West, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, is a leader in communication systems for intelligence collection, imagery processing and satellite communications for the defense industry. In addition, the company provides other military wireless products and satellite communication systems.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications is a leading provider of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems, secure communications systems, aircraft modernization, training, and government services. The company is a leading merchant supplier of a broad array of high technology products, including guidance and navigation, sensors, scanners, fuzes, data links, propulsion systems, simulators, avionics, electro optics, satellite communications, electrical power equipment, encryption, signal intelligence, antennas and microwave components.

L-3 also supports a variety of homeland security initiatives with products and services. Its customers include the department of defense, department of homeland security, selected U.S. government intelligence agencies and aerospace prime contractors. For more information, see www.L-3Com.com.

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