L-3 communications suite to maximize interoperability of Apache helicopters and unmanned aircraft

NEW YORK, 17 Sept. 2015. L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) won a new communications upgrade subcontract from Science and Engineering Services LLC in support of the U.S. Army’s Apache helicopter program. L-3’s technology will deliver high-speed transmit and receive capability of wideband video and data to increase communications capacity between the Apache and unmanned systems.

L-3 communications suite to maximize interoperability of Apache helicopters and unmanned aircraft
L-3 communications suite to maximize interoperability of Apache helicopters and unmanned aircraft

NEW YORK, 17 Sept. 2015. L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) won a new communications upgrade subcontract from Science and Engineering Services LLC in support of the U.S. Army’s Apache helicopter program. L-3’s technology will deliver high-speed transmit and receive capability of wideband video and data to increase communications capacity between the Apache and unmanned systems.

L-3 communications suite to maximize interoperability of Apache helicopters and unmanned aircraftL-3 communications suite to maximize interoperability of Apache helicopters and unmanned aircraft

Under the initial $11.9 million, L-3 will deliver its MUMT-X communications suite with a ROVER 6 modem, multiband radio-frequency equipment, and a directional antenna capable of relaying multiple video streams back to the command center. MUMT-X, designed to increase Apache aircrews’ situational awareness and combat effectiveness while shortening decision-making timelines, is based on the MUMT-2 system and its interoperability, reliability, and ability to meet mission objectives, officials say.

L-3 Communication Systems President John Mega says he is pleased to have “the opportunity to work with the U.S. Army to provide Apache crews with a superior in-theater communications capability that will give them an important tactical advantage.”

Work on this project is now underway at L-3 Communication Systems-West in Salt Lake City, with completion anticipated in August 2017.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 45,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in aerospace systems and national security solutions, as well as a provider of communication and electronic systems and products used on military and commercial platforms.

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