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L-3 Mission Integration Division Introduces SPYDR ISR Aircraft
SPYDR casts inescapable ISR web, offering flexible, end-to-end intelligence solutions for military and civilian customers
GREENVILLE, Texas, July 15, 2011 – L-3 Mission Integration Division (MID) today debuted SPYDR at the 2011 Royal International Air Tattoo. SPYDR is the next-generation, small, manned airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) platform specifically designed for military and civilian customers looking for flexible, multiple intelligence solutions.
With its name derived from Spiderworks, L-3 MID’s strategic initiatives team, SPYDR is a complete processing, exploitation and dissemination (PED) system that accurately acquires information to be made actionable. While SPYDR is platform-independent, L-3 unveiled SPYDR on the King Air 350 platform, one of many platforms onto which the company has integrated ISR systems.
"Today’s complex ISR environment requires complete end-to-end solutions that are as nimble and adaptive as the targets they track," said Mark Von Schwarz, president of L-3 MID. "SPYDR technology casts an inescapable web that captures mission-critical intelligence and disseminates real-time actionable information in the field. Our investments in people, and infrastructure enabled us to develop a process for rapid delivery and total life-cycle support. L-3 has a committed team and existing global supply chain, as well as a proven track record in integrating ISR aircraft. No other provider has delivered one aircraft every 13 days operational to the field, generating intelligence that saved lives on day one."
The SPYDR platform features full-motion video, signals intelligence (SIGINT), line-of-sight communications, primary mission equipment, self-protection sensors and systems and various mission configurations.
Built using a modular, spiral approach, the platform is reconfigurable to react quickly and adapt to new and emerging mission requirements. New technologies can be phased in based on new innovations and customer budgets.
Some of SPYDR’s technology insertion options include: Wide Area Surveillance System, updated Tactical Common Data Link, Wing Tip Pod Sensors, maritime radar, Ka/Ku-band satellite data link, new SIGINT technologies, associated ground systems, 4G airborne cell, multi-INT training and troop-level human machine interfaces.
L-3 Mission Integration is a world-class systems integration organization with nearly 60 years of experience in developing complex intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; command and control systems; and secure communications. Located in Greenville, Texas, Mission Integration is an industry leader in missionization, modernization and maintenance of aircraft and ground systems. The company is part of the L-3 Integrated Systems Group. To learn more about L-3 Integrated Systems, please visit the group’s website at www.L-3com.com/is.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs approximately 63,000 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 2010 sales of $15.7 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3com.com.
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