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Symetrics to deliver modem tech for A-10s

Aug. 12, 2009 at 4:55 PM

MELBOURNE, Fla., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. company Lockheed Martin has awarded a follow-on contract to Symetrics Industries to support A-10 aircraft with additional modem technologies.

Symetrics announced it received the follow-on award to deliver its mini-Improved Data Modems. Under the approximately $1 million deal, Symetrics says its mini-IMD technologies will go to support the A-10 close air support fighter jet's Precision Engagement modification.

Officials say the Symetrics mini-IDMs are part of the retrofit for the Air Force's entire A-10 fleet which includes almost 360 aircraft.

"We are adding new technology like variable message format close air support messages to a legacy platform, giving it a new, lethal capability," Rick Snyder, Symetrics Advanced Programs senior vice president, said in a statement.

"With this addition the A-10 will be able to receive portable graymap quality coordinates from a forward air controller and execute air strikes."

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