MELBOURNE, Fla., June 19 /CNW/ -- Symetrics Industries, LLC announced
today that it was awarded an estimated $2M contract from Finmeccanica
subsidiary AgustaWestland, for 70 Improved Data Modem (IDM) systems.
Symetrics' IDM-501s will be installed on British Army and Royal Navy
helicopters, as part of the Future Lynx program awarded to AgustaWestland in
June 2006. The first Future Lynx is programmed to make its maiden flight in
2009, with initial deliveries in 2011. Symetrics anticipates actively
supporting this program over the next 30 years.
Symetrics' latest award to manufacture IDM-501s for the Future Lynx
program solidifies the company's well-established reputation of providing its
data modem technology throughout the world. Since its development by
Symetrics several years ago, the IDM-501 has been proliferated to several
global customers, including Korea, Turkey, Australia, and the UK.
"This is a very exciting award for our company," stated Mitch Garner,
President and CEO at Symetrics. "The United Kingdom has been one of our best
IDM customers, starting with their decision to outfit their Apaches with IDM
in 1997." Improved Data Modems are used primarily by military pilots to
improve digital information sharing (e.g. targets, weapons status, fuel
status, etc.) between and among aircraft and ground stations to enhance the
situational awareness and safety of pilots in successfully executing their
missions. "We are proud to be able to provide a more efficient, cost
effective solution to our U.S. Forces and their Allies, than was previously
available with older generation IDMs," continued Garner.
Since 1993, Symetrics has served as the premier supplier of the IDMs to
the U.S. and international militaries. Symetrics' IDMs currently provide
digital communications on over 3,200 fixed and rotary wing operational
aircraft in at least 11 countries. In addition to the IDM-501, Symetrics is
also providing IDMs in a variety of other form factors. These range from
single card form factors, including VME and PC/104, to PCMCIA form factors.
The product line also includes imagery capability via the Photo Reconnaissance
Intelligence Strike Module (PRISM). The PRISM feature provides the capability
for imagery capture, compression and transmission/reception.
Rick Snyder, Senior VP, Engineering and Technology, put it this way, "We
have made a point to listen to our customer's requirements, and have
consistently designed, improved, and introduced new members to the family of
IDM products to meet their changing needs." Symetrics' IDMs have also flown
on the U.K. Tornado as part of the Tornado Integrated Targeting System program
and are slated to fly on the U.K. Harrier as part of the Harrier Integrated
Targeting System. Symetrics' IDM equipment was also used to demonstrate
interoperability between a UK Tornado and a US Navy F-18. Ironically, this
has been the only cross platform interoperability test of any air platforms
using MIL-STD-188-220/VMF, even among U.S. platforms. Interoperability is
critical, as the marketplace constantly changes as new technologies are
developed. Snyder was adamant to point out that this is the key to success in
the IDM business, stating, "We strive to stay ahead of the field in IDM
technology, and have proven interoperability with a number of airborne
platforms using AFAPD protocol, MIL-STD-188-220/VMF, or both."
Symetrics Industries, LLC, an AS9100 and ISO-9001-2000 registered
company, has been designing, manufacturing, testing and delivering low cost
electronic assemblies and sophisticated EW and Communication systems of the
highest quality for DoD for over 45 years. Web: www.symetrics.com email:
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