L-3 GCS awarded $170M Contract from US Special Operations Command
Victor, New York, August 23, 2010 – L-3 Global Communications Solutions, Inc. (L-3 GCS), a wholly owned subsidiary of L-3 Communications, has been awarded a contract by US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for the manufacture and supply of Man-portable (“Manpack”) Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) satellite communications systems and associated equipment. The program, “Special Operations Forces Deployable Node-Lite” (SDN-Lite) will provide world-wide satellite communications connectivity to Special Operations Forces (SOF) field personnel. Total contract value is up to $170 million over the next five (5) years.
L-3 GCS President, Bob Jacobson, has stated that, “L-3 GCS is particularly honored to have been selected by USSOCOM after a highly competitive bid process. For the past two years, our vision and goal has been to bring the size of a VSAT terminal down to a ruck-sack package. We have achieved that goal and USSOCOM has validated our vision with this award. A single soldier, sailor, airman or marine can now have a megabit per second beyond line of site radio in his or her ruck.”
Jacobson added, “L-3 GCS will begin delivering Ku, Ka, and X band Manpacks, data kits and power systems to USSOCOM this calendar year. These units will be MIL tested and certified before delivery and over the life of the contract, thousands of manpacks will be produced and delivered”.
Located in Victor, N.Y., L-3 GCS is a leading provider of satellite communications (SATCOM) systems that integrate data, broadband internet, telephony, multimedia, audio, video, and computer networking. These rugged, easily deployed systems are utilized by the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security as well as other federal agencies and various commercial sector customers. To learn more about L-3 GCS, please visit the company’s Web site at www.L-3com.com/gcs.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs approximately 67,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems, aircraft modernization and maintenance and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2009 sales of $15.6 billion.
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