L-3 Telemetry-East Awarded Contract to Support the P-8A Poseidon Flight Test Program
L-3 Communications Telemetry-East has been awarded a contract from Boeing Integrated Defense Systems to provide a variety of IntelliBus™ hardware in support of the U.S. Navy’s P-8A Poseidon flight test program. This hardware will be integrated into the flight test instrumentation system to verify aircraft performance.
The P-8A Poseidon is a long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft. It possesses an advanced mission system for maximum interoperability in battle space. Capable of broad-area, maritime and littoral operations, the P-8A Poseidon is expected to influence how the U.S. Navy's maritime patrol and reconnaissance forces train, operate and deploy. The U.S. Navy plans to purchase 108 Poseidons to replace its fleet of P-3 aircraft, with the first flight test aircraft delivery scheduled for 2009.
IntelliBus is a high-speed network sensor bus technology developed by Boeing that allows multiple sensors to be controlled on a single, shared communications link, resulting in reduced data acquisition system complexity, weight and cost. This technology has been applied to the P-8A program to fully instrument the various flight and ground test articles in a more efficient manner than legacy aircraft data acquisition systems provide. An extensive library of signal conditioning and avionics bus input modules are available to support all flight test requirements. L-3 Telemetry-East and Boeing have been collaborating under a licensing agreement to develop, market and produce IntelliBus components and systems since 2003.
“This award keeps L-3 Communications on the leading edge of data acquisition products for aircraft flight test instrumentation and continues our support of flight test programs for The Boeing Company and our armed forces,” said Rod Oren, Executive Vice President and General Manager of L-3 Telemetry-East. “We’re excited to provide this new technology and key flight test hardware in support of the P-8A program.”