7/31/2007 - NEW YORK, NY -- L-3 Communications
announced today the successful flight test of a 1 lb.,
Common Data Link (CDL) compliant,
software-programmable terminal on a small unmanned
aircraft system (UAS). The small, fully ruggedized
system, including a digital modem, RF electronics and
amplifiers, transmitted full motion video at 45 Mbps
and 10.71 Mbps to three different CDL ground stations.
The transceiver, flown in Salt Lake City, Utah and
witnessed by representatives from the U.S. Air Force,
Army and Marine Corps, makes no interoperability
compromises to achieve its revolutionary small size.
To date, L-3 has provided over 500 CDL terminals to a
variety of manned and unmanned platforms, providing
armed forces worldwide with reliable, high capacity
"The intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
(ISR) capability enabled by Common Data Link standard
equipment saves lives," said Susan Opp, President and
General Manager of L-3 Communication Systems-West (L-3
CS-West). "This latest cost and size reduction
engineered by L-3 CS-West will inject CDL onto more
platforms, extending critical ISR capabilities to a
broader segment of our armed forces."
Additional Ground tests witnessed by Government
representatives at the Surface/Aviation
Interoperability Laboratory (SAIL), Patuxent River
Naval Air Station, showed the terminal interoperates
with two different Naval CDL surface terminals
manufactured by different vendors.
L-3 CS-West, located in Salt Lake City, UT, is the
preeminent supplier of wideband data links and mobile
surface and airborne satellite terminals for military
applications in the world. L-3 CS-West has over 40
years of experience in providing robust, mobile
microwave, satellite terminals and wideband data links
for airborne platforms, including manned and unmanned
platforms, operating in a variety of environments.
Source: L-3 Communications Press Release