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For Immediate Release:
L-3 GCS Participates in Alaskan Northern Slope Terminal Operation Testing
VICTOR, N.Y., August 30, 2016 - L-3 GCS announced today that it participated in a successful field test conducted by North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) in Barrow, Alaska - located north of the Arctic Circle on the Alaskan Northern slope. The exercise involved utilization of the L-3 GCS Panther™ II, Cheetah™ II and Hawkeye™ III VSAT systems on commercial Ku-Band, MILSATCOM (X- and Ka-Band) and Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) satellite communication network.
"L-3 GCS was honored to be selected as a partner for this important operational testing," said Bob Jacobson, president of L-3 GCS and L-3's Tactical SATCOM sector. "Our Panther II, Cheetah II and Hawkeye III terminals performed exceptionally well given the extremely low look angle and harsh environmental conditions. We recognize the importance of critical communications in the Arctic and remain committed to providing the highest level of quality and reliability to our valued customers deployed in the region."
The testing team was on the ground for five consecutive days with the goal of providing verifiable, real-world data relative to USNORTHCOM's utilization of deployable SATCOM terminals and satellite bandwidth north of the Arctic Circle on the Alaskan Northern Slope. Giving larger operational areas, such as remote command posts, the ability to utilize wideband, narrowband and small team satellite communications was a major objective of the field test.
L-3's GCS Hawkeye III Lite 1.2M VSAT was an integral part of the testing, as this terminal is currently owned and operated by Alaska Command (ALCOM) and known within the command as the DCCS-LCM Rapid Response Kit (RRK). The command's ultimate goal is to provide all current deployed units with commercial data, voice and video services.
Utilizing the Inmarsat GX commercial Ka-Band global network, L-3's GX-compatible Cheetah II was provisioned with a 2 Mbps by 2 Mbps data link and achieved a signal-to-noise ratio of 10.7 dB. The link remained stable for several days and supported multiple video streams and simultaneous Web browsing. This exercise also demonstrated the ability of the Inmarsat GX commercial Ka-Band service, in conjunction with the L-3 GCS Cheetah II terminal, to operate at a look angle of less than 8 degrees. This low look angle is typical for geosynchronous satellite usage north of the Arctic Circle.
Located in Victor, New York, L-3 GCS is a leading provider of 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 federal agencies and commercial sector customers. To learn more about L-3 GCS, please visit the company's website at www.L-3com.com/gcs.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military and commercial platforms. L-3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems. The company reported 2015 sales of $10.5 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company's website at www.L-3com.com.
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