L-3 Announces First-Ever Successful Gun Firing of Next-Generation M-Code GPS Receiver
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its Interstate Electronics Corporation (L-3 IEC) business successfully completed multiple test firings of its next-generation Military Code (M-Code) GPS receiver. This milestone represents a significant breakthrough in GPS receiver modernization and validates the units survivability and performance in extreme, guided munitions environments.
L-3s gun-hardened, next-generation M-Code GPS receiver prototype was fired from a 155mm Howitzer and tracked the M-Prime signal from several modernized satellites to successful target impacts. This achievement represents the first-ever use of the M-Code GPS technology in a weapon system and provides critical validation of the hardware and software performance in a projectile. Importantly, this successful test supports a Congressional mandate to implement M-Code technology on all future and existing U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) platforms and objectives for technical innovations capable of offsetting future threats. L-3s next-generation design presents a flexible hardware and software configuration for GPS integrators and is capable of tracking legacy and modernized signals. The receiver will be applicable on a variety of host platforms, including guided munitions, unmanned aerial systems, soldier systems and ground mobile systems.
Our backward- and forward-compatible next-generation receiver provides a proven, low-cost solution for development programs, as well as an upgrade option for current fielded systems, said Todd Gautier, president of L-3s Precision Engagement sector. Our solution will support a seamless technology transition when M-Code is fully operational and deployed, and the design meets long-term security and information assurance standards.
Based in Anaheim, Calif., L-3 Interstate Electronics Corporation is ranked as an industry leader in GPS receiver and translator-based products currently in use on multiple aircraft, missiles and precision-guided weapons. L-3 IEC also produces C4ISR hardware and software systems for military and government applications and has been a long-term supplier of critical navigation, test instrumentation and missile tracking systems for the U.S. Navys Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) weapon systems, including the Trident submarine. To learn more about L-3 IEC, please visit the companys website at www.L-3com.com/iec.com.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 61,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems, aircraft modernization and maintenance, and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2011 sales of $15.2 billion.
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Source: L-3 CommunicationsCopyright Business Wire 2012