Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd. ( ESLT) announced receipt of a contract from NAVAIR for Elbit Systems 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. (SSAI). Elbit Systems of America was chosen based upon the previously successful flight demonstration of TVDL in June 2008 at Patuxent River NAS, Maryland. The program is valued at approximately US$15.6 million and will be performed through 2010 including installation into fleet helicopters.
The TVDL will provide US Marine Corps helicopter 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 weight is less than 8.5 lbs. The systems are planned to be operational in USMC fleet helicopters by the end of FY2010.