L-3 Wins Apache MUMT-X Upgrade Contract
The Science and Engineering Services has recently awarded a contract to L-3 Communications in order to support the communications upgrades on the United States Army’s AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. Under this contract, which is valued at $11.9 million, L-3 Communications will be responsible for providing its Manned and Unmanned Teaming - eXpanded Capabilities (MUMT-X) solution, which will help to offer increased communications capabilities between unmanned systems and the Apache. This technology, which is based off of the well-established MUMT-2 system, is anticipated to deliver high-speed transmit and receive capabilities of wideband data and video. The MUMT-2 system offers the Apache with improved capability of transmitting both Apache and UAS video ship-to-ship, as well as to soldiers on the ground.
"We are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with the US Army to provide Apache crews with a superior in-theatre communications capability that will give them an important tactical advantage,” said John Mega, the president of L-3 Communication Systems. "This work is an ideal fit with our industry-leading expertise and strategy of developing mission-critical technologies that enable us to expand our business base while contributing to the army's effectiveness in protecting our national security."
The MUMT-X communications suite will offer advanced equipment such as multiband radio frequency equipment, a Rover 6 modem, as well as an innovative directional antenna which is capable of transmitting multiple video streams back to the command center. This technology is believed to enable the Apache aircrews to increase their combat effective and situational awareness, while simultaneously shortening the decision-making timelines. Completion of this contract is expected to take place in August of 2017. L-3 Communication Systems is currently working on this contract in Salt Lake City in Utah, US.
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