Elbit Wins Data Link Contract for AH-1W

By Tish Drake | January 20, 2010
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Elbit Systems of America was awarded a $15.6 million contract from Naval Air Systems Command for its 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 Inc. The TVDL will provide 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 weighs less than 8.5 pounds. The systems are planned to be operational in USMC fleet helicopters by the end of FY2010.

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