PARSIPPANY, N.J., June 4 /CNW/ - DRS Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: DRS)
announced today that its business unit based in Merrimack, New Hampshire, DRS
Codem Systems, Inc., successfully demonstrated their X-band Satellite
Communications-On-The-Move (COTM) capabilities with an XTAR, LLC satellite
during the U.S. Navy's annual exercise, Trident Warrior. The demonstration
occurred aboard the Department of Defense's Office of Force Transformation's
experimental naval craft, the Stiletto, while moving at speeds exceeding 40
knots off the coast of Virginia.
DRS Codem Systems is an industry leader in providing on-the-move
satellite communications and innovative surveillance solutions to U.S. and
international military forces. Its participation with XTAR in this year's
Trident Warrior supported the naval exercise's objective of testing new
technologies that could improve communication and situational awareness, and
speed vital information to warfighters.
"The U.S. Navy's future FORCEnet capabilities will require that the
operators of small patrol vessels have command, control and communications
capabilities to immediately inform and apprise their commanders of their
latest intelligence and situational awareness," said Alan R. Dietrich,
president of DRS' Intelligence Technologies Strategic Business Unit. "This
successful demonstration at sea is proof of the company's commitment to remain
an industry leader in Satellite COTM capabilities. It is especially important
that it was accomplished via the X-band frequency since the five satellites
that will comprise the future Wideband Global Satellite constellation, will
provide both spot beam and worldwide X-band coverage."
The successful demonstration provided high data rate (3Mbps), Beyond
Line-Of-Site and "reach back" capabilities utilizing DRS' 85-pound X-band COTM
terminal and the XTAR-LANT satellite. The DRS-XTAR solution enabled video from
the experimental boat's electro-optical system and Craft Integrated Electronic
Suite, to be relayed live to the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey,
"DRS Codem's small lightweight communications-on-the-move terminal
provided an excellent vehicle to demonstrate how XTAR's high power X-band
satellites can provide transformational satellite communications capabilities
for Department of Defense applications," said Dr. Denis Curtin, chief
operating officer of XTAR.
The Stiletto was developed by the Office of Force Transformation to
explore new technologies such as X-band Satellite COTM for use in littoral
warfare. For this experiment the office received support from the U.S. Navy's
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command and Naval Air Warfare Center, the U.S.
Special Operations Command, the U.S. Army's Communications-Electronics
Research Development and Engineering Command, and XTAR, LLC.
"From ease of installation to operational performance, the DRS
Technologies X-band satellite communication system met or exceeded our
expectations, providing the Stiletto with a broadband Internet reach back
capability," said James F. Hruska, commander of the Office of Force
Transformation. "In my personal opinion this system provided a valuable
satellite communications capability for small to midsize naval platforms."
XTAR, LLC is a private, U.S. owned and operated company selling X-band
services to support both U.S. and Allied government users. The high-powered
global, fixed and steerable beams on XTAR's two satellite payloads provide
essential, flexible and real-time X-band capacity with coverage from Denver
east to Singapore. XTAR's satellites offer "on-the-move" capability for mobile
command posts, security and disaster response, as well as small ships and
airborne relayed sensor data. Visit www.xtarllc.com for more information.
DRS Technologies, headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, is a leading
supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces,
intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide. The company employs
approximately 10,000 people. For more information about DRS Technologies,
please visit the company's web site at www.drs.com.
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