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L-3 Scores Valuable SOCOM Contract

L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL)won a contract from the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for its “Panther Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT)” manpack satellite communications systems and associated equipment.

According to the firm, “the systems will be used in support of USSOCOM’s Special Operations Forces Deployable Node-Lite (SDN-Lite) program, which will provide worldwide satellite communications connectivity to Special Operations Forces field personnel. The contract is valued at up to $170 million over the next five years.”

“L-3 GCS is particularly honored to have been selected by USSOCOM for this important program to augment warfighter communications, ” said Bob Jacobson, president of L-3 GCS. “For the past two years, our goal has been to bring the size of a VSAT terminal down to a rucksack-sized package. We have achieved that goal, and USSOCOM has validated our vision with this award. Now, a single warfighter can have a megabit-per-second, beyond line-of-sight radio in his or her rucksack.”

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