Share this article
Hawkeye III VSAT terminal

L-3 Communications has secured a contract to produce and deliver Hawkeye III Lite 1.2m very small aperture terminals (VSATs) and related support services to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Valued at $38.5m, the contract is managed by L-3’s Australian division, L-3 Oceania, and covers supply of 51 Hawkeye III Lite VSATs, along with training and long-term sustainment services by L-3 Global Communications Solutions (GCS).

The contract represents one of several coordinated projects that will enable the ADF to deploy an integrated wideband satellite communications (SATCOM) capability.

More specifically, the L-3 GCS will provide one type of a family of transportable land terminals that will optimise the early use of Australia’s SATCOM system, and also deliver communication services where there is limited availability of commercial satellite resources.

L-3 Microwave group president John Mega said: "Australia is an emerging market for WGS-qualified terminals and we look forward to establishing a long-term partnership with the ADF and other local suppliers."

"Australia is an emerging market for WGS-qualified terminals."

Featuring a light-weight two or three case design, Hawkeye III Lite 1.2m system is designed to provide high-data rate communications of 2-5mbps for remote internet/VPN, live videoconferencing, surveillance or reconnaissance missions.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData

Rapidly deployable using the auto-acquire antenna system, ViewSat GUI, and the GCS universal outdoor unit (ODU), the MIL-STD-810F tested system also offer the Army Strategic Forces Command (ARSTRAT) certified Ka and X-band, as well as commercial Ku-band capabilities in a compact, fly-away package.

Contract deliveries are scheduled to be complete in 2014, and will be followed by an initial three-year sustainment programme featuring other Australian subcontractors.

Image: US military personnel set up a Hawkeye III VSAT terminal at Yokota Air Base in Japan. Photo: courtesy of US Air Force, by Osakabe Yasuo/Released.

Defence Technology