ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) received a $3.2 million follow-on contract from
the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.,
to provide upgraded satellite
remote sensor systems.
The Exelis Coherent Beacon System is a space-based sensor system that
investigates and forecasts natural disturbances in the Earth's
atmosphere. The sensor system transmits multiple signals through the
ionosphere (the upper part of the atmosphere) to a ground-based receiver.
"The new sensor system gives our customers advance knowledge about
changes in space weather," said ITT Exelis Director of Antenna and Space
Programs Mark Fournier. "This system will allow the U.S. military to
predict the effects of ionospheric activity on signals from
communication and navigation satellites, which are critical to the
safety and performance of our warfighters."
Under this contract, Exelis will provide additional sensors, simulators
and the ground support equipment required for future payload integration
activities. Exelis is teamed with Ball Aerospace Technologies Company
under the sponsorship of AFRL. The original contract was awarded in 2011.
About ITT Exelis
ITT Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense and
information solutions company with strong positions in enduring and
emerging global markets. Exelis is a leader in networked communications,
sensing and surveillance, electronic warfare, navigation, air traffic
solutions and information systems with growing positions in cyber
security, composite aerostructures, logistics and technical services.
The company has a 50-year legacy of innovation and technology expertise,
partnering with customers worldwide to deliver affordable,
mission-critical products and services for managing global threats,
conflicts and complexities. Headquartered in McLean, Va., the company
employs about 20,500 people and generated 2011 sales of $5.8 billion. www.exelisinc.com
Courtney Reynolds, 973-284-5382