Exelis delivers advanced weather satellite payload to commercial customer in
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- December 18, 2013
Exelis (NYSE: XLS) is supporting Japan’s forecasting capabilities with the
delivery of its first advanced weather satellite payload to Mitsubishi
Electric Corporation, based in Japan.
“Successful performance on and delivery of the Advanced Himawari Imager (AHI)
is a key milestone for Exelis as we execute our environmental intelligence
product business,” said Eric Webster, Exelis Geospatial Systems vice president
of weather systems. “AHI provides a number of improvements compared with
current capabilities including better forecasting, improved numerical weather
prediction accuracy and enhanced environmental monitoring.”
Mitsubishi Electric will integrate the AHI into the Himawari-8 satellite for
the Japan Meteorological Agency. The Himawari-8 and -9 geostationary
satellites will replace the Multifunctional Transport Satellite (MTSAT)
series. Himawari-8 is scheduled to launch next year. Unlike the MTSAT series,
which performs both meteorological and aeronautical functions, to include
air-traffic control communications and position information, Himawari-8 and -9
will have a dedicated meteorological mission.
The AHI is an Advanced Baseline Imager-class sensor similar to the one that
will be integrated onto the NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series.
Developed out of Exelis core competencies in weather and image science, AHI
technology reflects the company’s focus and expertise in the intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance and analytics enterprise area of the company.
Environmental intelligence provided by AHI will give forecasters better data
faster and at a higher resolution to provide advanced warning during dangerous
weather, which is critical to saving lives and property.
Exelis is in the process of building and delivering seven advanced imagers:
two for Japan; one for South Korea; and four for NASA and NOAA. Exelis has
provided every geostationary imager and sounder to the U.S. government since
1994 and has also built the current geo imagers flown by Japan and South
Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense, information and
services company that leverages a 50-year legacy of deep customer knowledge
and technical expertise to deliver affordable, mission-critical solutions for
global customers. We are a leader in timing and navigation, sensors, air
traffic solutions, image processing and distribution, communications and
information systems, logistics and technical services; and we are focused on
strategic growth in the areas of critical networks, ISR and analytics,
electronic warfare and composite aerostructures. Headquartered in McLean, Va.,
Exelis employs about 19,000 people and generated 2012 sales of $5.5 billion.
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Kristin P. Jones, 571-419-4718
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