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October 31st, 2016

L-3's ROVER™ To Handle New UK MOD's Comms Program


A new comms program for the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MOD) will be provided by L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) with that company's ROVER™ family of products.

The Joint Common Remote Viewing Terminal (JCRVT) will use L-3’s Tactical Network ROVER handheld transceivers and ROVER 6i transceivers to integrate key U.K. Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) platforms with strike capabilities and maritime platforms. This capability will enable the exchange of ISR information, including FMV, across the battlespace via a wideband IP network. The contract value is approximately $23.2 million.

The L-3 JCRVT solution is based on the ROVER product family, with more than 5,000 systems delivered worldwide. The ROVER is designed to be interoperable with current UK, US and NATO ISTAR platforms and the recently announced UK AH-64 Apache E Block upgrade and P-8 maritime patrol aircraft. Work will be performed by L-3 Communication Systems-West, which is part of the Broadband Communications sector within L-3’s Communication Systems business segment. The initial contract duration is four years followed by two three-year options.

L-3 is partnering with Ultra Electronics, based in the UK, which is responsible for repair through an in-country support facility. This facility aligns with the U.K. MOD’s vision to provide a common support methodology for multiple users, reducing logistics and life-cycle support costs.