L3 announces Free Space Optics contract awards
L3 Technologies of New York, NY announced on November 21 the award of multiple contracts relating to the development of Free Space Optics (FSO) capabilities for U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and space customers. FSO technology enables high-bandwidth communication while protecting signal integrity in a highly contested spectrum environment and is a proven next-generation solution for high-capacity, over-the-air communications.
“Our continued investment in FSO technologies builds on our leadership in providing state-of-the-art data links that deliver the most reliable and secure communications possible for our customers,” said Christopher Kubasik, L3’s president and chief operating officer. “Our focus on bringing innovation to the space and near-space domains reflects our strategy of aligning with our customers’ priorities in these markets to increase their efficiencies and overall mission effectiveness.”
Work on these contracts will be done by L3 Communication Systems-West (L3 CS-West), which is part of the company’s Communication Systems business segment. L3 CS-West has been developing robust and reliable FSO communications since 2007, enabling long- and short-haul transmission capabilities for enhanced dissemination of large volumes of video and data.