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Turkish Land Forces Become the Tenth Country to Employ the IDM

Turkish Land Forces Become the Tenth Country to Employ the IDM

Symetrics' $1.25 million Sale of Improved Data Modem (IDM) to Turkey Real-time Video Imagery Offers Improved Situational Awareness in the Cockpit.

Melbourne, Florida -- (Symetrics) March 15, 2002 -- Symetrics Industries announced today the $1.25 million sale of its MD-1295/A Improved Data Modem (IDM) to Aselsan, Turkey, for immediate delivery to the Turkish Land Forces (TLF). TLF will integrate the IDMs as part of an upgrade program of Turkey's UH-60 Blackhawk and AH-1 Cobra helicopter fleets. Symetrics completed negotiations and received confirmation of the order during its recent participation in the Asian Aerospace Show and Exhibition, conducted February 26 to March 3 in Singapore.

TLF has purchased two different versions of the Improved Data Modem. Version 1 - "standard IDM (-302)" - facilitates digital communications over existing voice tactical radios already on-board the aircraft. Version 2 is an upgrade just completed within the last year - the "PRSIM(tm)-IDM" - that allows for the capture, compression and transmission of video imagery over the same voice radios that the IDM uses for digital data. PRISM(tm) stands for "Photo Recon Intel Strike Module(tm)."

"It was extremely gratifying to be able to use the platform of Asian Aerospace 2002 to confirm the IDM sale to Turkey," noted Ron Frye, Symetrics' Vice President of Business Development. "This prestigious show was a perfect venue for our team to tell key officials in the Asian and international markets about the increased operational capabilities the Improved Data Modem can add to a variety of military aircraft - improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the warfighter."

With this purchase the Turkish Land Forces become the tenth country to employ the IDM, and establishes itself as only the second international organization using the PRISM(tm)-IDM with both digital data transfer capability and real-time video imagery transfer capability integrated on operational combat aviation assets. In December last year, the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force completed integration of 50 PRSIM(tm)-IDMs on its entire fleet of Jaguar combat aircraft.

PRISM(tm)-IDM epitomizes the adage that "A picture is worth a thousand words," and it dramatically improves effectiveness and safety of combat air operations, particularly in multi-national and international environments; where the IDM's digital data and video imagery transfer capabilities eliminate the problems associated with standard voice-radio communications.

The PRISM(tm)-IDM allows fighter pilots to receive - while in flight - images of targets derived from sensors on satellites, UAVs, other aircraft and/or ground stations. The system provides real-time images in the cockpit, improves target ID/hits, reduces pilot danger and collateral damage, and allows for virtually instantaneous battle damage assessment (BDA) to be provided to follow-on sorties, the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC), and air, land and maritime commanders.

Version 1 of the Improved Data Modem (IDM) - the "basic IDM" - is a flight-proven, off-the-shelf system that provides an open architecture, multi-path approach to situational awareness in the cockpit. More than 2,500 units have delivered to the US Army and Air Force, as well as ten international military customers. Version 2 - the PRISM(tm)-IDM - is a simple, inexpensive and easy-to-integrate upgrade of Version 1, adding a single additional SEM-E module to provide the video imagery capture and transmission capability to the "basic IDM."


  • Jim Peterson, Business Development Manager, Symetrics Industries, LLC; 1615 W. NASA Blvd., Melbourne, Florida 32901 USA. Tel. 321-254-1500 - Fax 321-259-4122 -- Email jpeterson@symetrics.com -- Web www.symetrics.com

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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).