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Marine Helicopters to take Tactical Video Data Link

Elbit Systems : 21 January, 2010  (Application Story)
The AH-1W attack helicopters of the Marine Corps will be equipped with retrofit TVDL systems from Elbit Systems for critical interoperability with other units in the air and on the ground
Marine Helicopters to take Tactical Video Data Link
Elbit Systems has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Elbit Systems of America has been awarded a contract from NAVAIR for Elbit Systems' Tactical Video Data Link (TVDL) for the USMC AH-1W Attack Helicopter. The contract effort covers the development, production and installation of retrofit kits to incorporate TVDL into the AH-1W platform. Elbit Systems of America will be assisted in the effort by subcontractors Tadiran Spectralink and Service Support Associates (SSAI). Elbit Systems of America was chosen based upon the previously successful flight demonstration of TVDL in June 2008 at Patuxent River NAS, Maryland. The program is valued at approximately $15.6 million through 2010 including installation into fleet helicopters.

Elbit Systems of America President and CEO, Raanan Horowitz commented on the award: “Elbit Systems of America is pleased to provide this tactical video capability to the USMC AH-1W team. The TVDL will enable critically needed interoperability with other aircraft, ground forces and UAS. It will greatly enhance situational awareness and dissemination of valuable sensor information to the person requiring it”.

The TVDL will provide US Marine Corps Helicopter pilots with live UAS video and targeting information combined with the ability to retransmit this video and/or on board sensor video to other aircraft or and ground forces. The TVDL system weight is less than 8.5 lbs. The systems are planned to be operational in USMC fleet helicopters by the end of FY2010.


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