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BAE, Harris Team For US Navy Comms. (Mar. 23)



MELBOURNE, Fla.---Harris Corporation and teammate BAE Systems, Wayne, N.J., representing a world-leading partnership in the development of wideband Tactical Common Data Link (TCDL) solutions, today announced that they signed a $2.6 million agreement with the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research in order to participate in the Naval exercise called "Extending of the Littoral Battlefield'' (ELB).

The ELB exercise is designed to provide secure, high-bandwidth, wireless connectivity to the squad-level warfighter. The Harris/BAE Systems TCDL solution will provide the long-haul, backbone communications link for air-to-air and air-to-ground communications.

"The Harris/BAE Systems team is extremely pleased to showcase its collective TCDL expertise and commitment in supporting the ongoing ELB exercise, which will help determine the future of Navy communications,'' said Bob Henry, president, Harris Government Communications Systems Division (GCSD). "We're also proud that the Navy continues to call on the Harris/BAE Systems team to provide TCDL-related solutions for other platforms such as LAMPS and VTUAV.''

The ELB exercise, which is being conducted by the U.S. Navy, began in August 2000 and will continue through June 2001, culminating in a major system demonstration. It is designed to develop the Navy's Communications Network of the Future.

Under the agreement, the Harris/BAE Systems Team is installing its proven TCDL solution in several U.S. Navy-leased aircraft, as well as onboard the USS Coronado (flagship of the 3rd Fleet). Each phase of the exercise increases in complexity, with the last phase including an airborne relay communications node that will emulate the longer-range transfer of airborne communications covering up to 200 kilometers in range.

Harris GCSD and BAE Systems comprise one of only two teams certified to provide TCDL communications equipment to the U.S. Government and select international customers. In October 2000, the Harris/BAE Systems TCDL system met or surpassed all predetermined objectives during a comprehensive round of flight tests. In November 2000, the Harris/BAE Systems team announced the successful completion of testing to ensure operability of the team's TCDL solution with legacy CDL systems.

TCDL will support air-to-surface transmission of radar, imagery, video, and other sensor information at a range of up to 200 kilometers. The TCDL system also will provide a family of digital links that are flexible, expandable, scalable and modular - and interoperable with CDL legacy systems.

Harris GCSD conducts advanced research studies, develops prototypes, and produces advanced airborne, spaceborne, and terrestrial communications and information processing systems for military and government agencies, their prime contractors, commercial organizations, and the company's commercial businesses.

Harris Corporation is an international communications equipment company focused on providing product, system and service solutions that take its customers to the next level. The company provides a wide range of products and services for wireless, broadcast, network support, and government markets. Harris has sales and service facilities in more than 90 countries.

BAE Systems is the truly global systems, defense and aerospace company. With more than 100,000 employees in eight home markets around the world, BAE Systems has annual sales of more than $18 billion. The company offers an unrivalled global capability in air, sea, land and space with a world-class prime contracting ability supported by a range of key skills.

BAE Systems North America employs 22,000 people in the design, development, integration, manufacture and support of a wide range of advanced aerospace products and intelligent electronic systems for government and commercial customers, including leading edge tactical wideband networking radios for information dominance in today's battlefield.

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