L-3 Awarded Contract to Add GPS Capabilities to U.S. Army's IPADS Equipment
NEW YORK, Sep 16, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its Space & Navigation division has been awarded a four-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract by the U.S. Army for adding GPS capabilities to its fielded Improved Position and Azimuth Determining Systems (IPADS) equipment. IPADS is a high-performance, highly accurate system used for precision surveying and navigational requirements on today's battlefield. Under the contract, L-3 will design, implement and test Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) GPS receivers, antennas and cables into all fielded IPADS equipment. The GPS-equipped systems will be known as IPADS-G.
"This award confirms the exceptional reliability and high accuracy of the IPADS equipment in use by the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps," said Paul Wengen, president of L-3 Space & Navigation. "The addition of an embedded, tightly coupled GPS capability will provide an excellent performance enhancement for long-distance precision survey operations by keeping the soldier on the move, while retaining a high level of inertial precision for GPS-denied conditions."
Anthony Giles, U.S. Army Product Manager, IPADS, for the Joint Lightweight 155mm Program Office, said, "The IPADS-G capability is essential in the delivery of accurate fire support to our maneuver forces. We are very pleased that L-3 Space & Navigation is providing these important capabilities to our soldiers and Marines, enhancing their ability to fight the Global War on Terrorism."
L-3 Space & Navigation, located in Budd Lake, N.J., is a world premier provider of inertial instruments and integrated fire control systems to the global marketplace and is a major supplier of high-quality pointing, guidance, control and positioning equipment for satellites, artillery, survey, radar and launch vehicles serving the military, commercial and government markets. The division's products and capabilities include fiber-optic and ring laser gyros, reaction wheel assemblies, inertial navigation systems, and fire control and digital battlefield solutions. L-3 Space & Navigation has provided state-of-the-art systems for many critical and strategically important space and national defense programs and is the leading supplier of precision pointing and position location systems for the U.S. Army, the U.S. Marine Corps and the National Guard. To learn more about L-3 Space & Navigation, please visit the company's website at www.L-3com.com/Spacenav.
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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