BAE Systems C4ISR has been awarded a contract by the UK Defence Communications Services Agency (DCSA) for the supply of a further two Dagger vehicle-borne and two Talon man-portable high capacity satellite communications systems to support British Forces' network enabled capabilities (NEC) during field operations.
Following delivery of these equipments in March 2003, some nine Dagger and nineteen Talon systems will be in service with the UK and NATO forces.
Paul Laity, Managing Director of the Christchurch, UK-based Communications & Defence Infrastructure Division, comments "This reflects the capability of BAE Systems C4ISR to deliver remote satellite-based terminal equipment and NEC services to military users seeking robust communications solutions. It also demonstrates our ability to supply front-line users with cost-effective proven products in very short timescales to support the UK's international defense commitments."
Dagger is a Land Rover-mounted modular military and civil band satellite communications system designed for rapid deployment and ease of use in difficult operational domains with minimal manpower requirements. It is available in a number of variants to meet differing roles. These include serving the needs of tactical military headquarters, civil disaster relief operations and as a GSM network hub.
Talon is a man-portable system embodying similar commercial off-the-shelf technology as Dagger, conceived as a lightweight deployable terminal to fulfill both tactical and strategic deployments. Each of the cases containing the Talon terminal is man-portable, being within a two-man lift capability. Talon can operate in any of the C, X, Ku or Ka-Bands, with a simple change of the feed arm and some key electronic components to effect the transition.
BAE Systems employs nearly 100,000 people including Joint Ventures, and has annual sales of around £13 billion. The company offers a global capability in air, sea, land and space with a world-class prime contracting ability supported by a range of key skills.
BAE Systems C4ISR is a global center of excellence supplying innovative, network enhanced solutions focused on military capability. The Group integrates advanced civil and military technologies into robust, single-service and joint information management environments. It optimizes the operational effectiveness of command & control and platforms within the digitized battlespace, providing flexible architectures to support fast decision-making.
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