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May 9th, 2011

Mercury Computer Systems... Airborne Asset (MILSATCOM)

[SatNews] Assuring crucial ISR data is moved to ground forces from UAVs via satellite communication is at the root of this contract...

Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. will provide a leading prime contractor with Ensemble and Echotek Series products for use in a high-speed satellite communications system tasked with transferring more ISR data from UAVs to ground forces. Mercury’s proven ability to deliver high-processing in an open architecture and scalable small form factor will prove essential in meeting superior SWaP requirements for this mobile application. Mercury’s integrated building block-based solution includes an OpenVPX™ processing module that supports both a general purpose processor and powerful FPGAs. The company will also supply a high-speed, FPGA-based digital receiver in a small, XMC form factor. These products will enable the customer to develop wideband, open architecture, scalable data link solutions, which will ensure that critical information from airborne platforms is transmitted to ground forces much faster than using traditional data links.

“This selection exemplifies the important role Mercury plays as a trusted partner to leading prime contractors as they work to deliver high-performance systems — especially systems that provide potentially lifesaving information to our warfighters,” said Didier Thibaud, senior vice president and general manager of Mercury Computer SystemsAdvanced Computing Solutions business unit. “We're pleased to expand our strong relationship with this customer and enable them to win new business.”