|Symetrics Announces New Technology Sales to the UK |
Symetrics Announces New Technology Sales to the UK
Melbourne, Florida -- February 22, 2001 Symetrics Industries, Inc., announced today that it has been awarded a delivery order contract by the United Kingdom's Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA), with a value of over $ 3.2 million, to manufacture and deliver 50 units of the new technology Photo Reconnaissance Intel Strike Module (PRISMTM)-equipped MD-1295A: Improved Data Modem (IDM) for integration onboard the Royal Air Force's (RAF) fleet of Jaguar Fighter Aircraft.
In addition to the flight-proven, off-the-shelf functionality of the standard IDM to provide for the interconnection of up to four separate "voice-only" radios to create a multi-path, digital communications architecture, the new PRISMTM-equipped IDM (or PRISMTM-IDM) will allow the UK Jaguar pilots to capture, compress and transmit/receive frames of video imagery over those same radios.
This award represents the first integration of this type of imagery capture and transmission capability across a fleet of tactical fighter aircraft. As a product, the PRISMTM-IDM is the culmination of a cooperative joint development project between Symetrics Industries, Inc., and PhotoTelesisÂ®, Incorporated of San Antonio, Texas.
A demonstration of the integration of the PRISMTM-IDM onboard the UK Jaguar first occurred at last year's Farnborough International Air show (outside of London) in a joint exhibit by Symetrics-DERA-PhotoTelesisÂ®. Based upon that successful demonstration and another conducted by the US Air Force's Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) Battle laboratory in December 2000, the RAF determined that the digital communications and imagery capability of the PRISMTM-IDM was mission-essential for their Close Air Support (CAS) requirements.
Following the premise that "a picture is worth a thousand words", the PRISMTM-IDM allows fighter pilots to receive, while in flight, images of targets derived from sensors onboard satellites, UAVs, other aircraft or ground observers, so that he/she may have the most current information before engaging the target. While attacking the target, frames of video information can be captured and transmitted back to Command Headquarters and other aircraft for early Battle Damage Assessment (BDA). This capability would have been particularly helpful during operations in the Balkans or the Persian Gulf, and has significant application to future military air operations.
According to Mr. Ronald Frye, Vice-President of Business development for Symetrics, "We anticipate that following this award, other IDM users, like the US Air Force and European Participating Air Forces, will consider adding the PRISMTM as a low-cost modification to their existing hardware." More than 2,000 IDMs have been delivered to the U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy, and international customers since the initial production contract was awarded to Symetrics in 1993. The Air Force has recognized Symetrics' IDM program performance for four consecutive years with a Contractor Performance Assessment Reports (CPARSs) "Blue" rating.