L-3 Communications has received a contract to support communications upgrade of the US Army’s AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.
Awarded by Science and Engineering Services, the $11.9m contract, L-3 will supply its Manned / Unmanned Teaming – eXpanded Capabilities (MUMT-X) solution to help offer increased communications capacity between the Apache and unmanned systems.
Based on the proven MUMT-2 system, the technology is expected to deliver high-speed transmit and receive capability of wideband video and data.
The MUMT-2 system provides Apache with the enhanced capability of transmitting both Apache and UAS video to the soldiers on the ground, as well as ship-to-ship.
L-3 Communication Systems president John Mega said: "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.
"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 features advanced equipment, including a Rover 6 modem, multiband radio frequency equipment, and an innovative directional antenna that can transmit multiple video streams back to the command centre.
The technology is said to be capable of increasing the Apache aircrews’ situational awareness and combat effectiveness, while shortening decision-making timelines.
Work under the contract is now underway at L-3 Communication Systems-West in Salt Lake City in Utah, US, with completion anticipated in August 2017.