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L3 GCS and AvL Technologies Unveil New DarkWing™ Flat Panel VSAT at SATELLITE 2018


Eileen Yatteau
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Krystal Dredge
AvL Technologies
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L3 GCS and AvL Technologies Unveil New DarkWing™ Flat Panel VSAT at SATELLITE 2018

VICTOR, N.Y./ASHEVILLE, N.C., March 13, 2018 - L3 GCS and AvL Technologies announced today that they have developed a Ka-Band flat panel satellite communications terminal. The new DarkWing™ terminal has been produced to meet customer objectives for a lightweight, small, rugged and portable system that provides high-speed data communications for Internet, VPN connectivity and video transmission. The DarkWing terminal will debut in both the L3 and AvL exhibits (Booths 700 and 417) at the SATELLITE 2018 show in Washington, D.C., on March 13-15.

"We are delighted to provide a solution to our customers that delivers global Ka-Band coverage, is small enough to fit in a backpack or laptop case, and in most cases, can be mission-ready in less than five minutes," said Charlie Daniels, President of L3 GCS. "The collaboration with AvL allows us to offer our customers a reliable product from two organizations with strong reputations for quality SATCOM offerings."

"When we were approached by a customer to design and build an ultra-compact flat panel Ka-Band terminal, we engaged L3 GCS to collaborate," said Mike Proffitt, President of AvL Technologies. "Our engineering teams worked together to develop a product that's easy to operate, high performing, rugged and robust - and it's not much larger than a laptop. We fully anticipate this product to be a key resource for many customers."

L3 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 L3 GCS, please visit the company's website at www.L3T.com/GCS.

Headquartered in New York City, L3 Technologies employs approximately 31,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication, electronic and sensor systems used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms. L3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training. The company reported 2017 sales of $9.6 billion. To learn more about L3, please visit the company's website at www.L3T.com.

AvL Technologies, Inc. specializes in the design, development and production of mobile satellite antenna and positioner systems. With corporate headquarters based in Asheville, North Carolina, and a regional office in the UK, AvL is able to offer superior service and support to customers around the world. AvL's visionary approach to mobile satellite antennas and positioners has established the company as a global leader in innovation and reliability. The product line features a full range of lightweight, rapidly-deployable, self-contained antenna and positioner systems. AvL antenna systems enable efficient and cost-effective voice, video and data connectivity to be established quickly without the need for specialized training. AvL is also the largest producer of high-performance, Ka-band ready, solid carbon fiber antennas. AvL's growing carbon fiber product line includes apertures from 60cm to 5.0m that can be configured for case-based or vehicle-mount systems for diverse, worldwide applications. To learn more about AvL, please visit www.avltech.com.

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