William Lynn: Satcom Another Key Focus Area for Leonardo DRS

William Lynn, CEO of Leonardo DRS

William Lynn, CEO of Leonardo DRS, has said he sees potential growth opportunities in the satellite communications business and that projects with the U.S. Army and Navy account for nearly 70 percent of the defense company’s government contracting work, National Defense reported Thursday.

Leonardo DRS won a potential $977M blanket purchase agreement in May to provide satellite and terrestrial communications support for the U.S. Special Operations Command’s Global Access Network.

Lynn told the publication the recompete BPA could open additional business opportunities for the company in the military and civilian sectors.

Leonardo DRS will also provide mounted computing systems to the Army under a $132M delivery order awarded in April.

The Army and Marine Corps separately ordered platform self-protection systems for missile defense and a counter-drone technology from the company in early 2019.

Meanwhile, the Navy tapped Leonardo DRS to supply infrared countermeasure systems for helicopters and electronics for radars, displays and other equipment aboard its ships.

Italy-based conglomerate Leonardo looks to offer the T-100 trainer aircraft outside the U.S. after losing the $9.2B Air Force contract to the Boeing-Saab team.

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