L-3 strengthens satellite offering with 3Di acquisition

Deal brings new security capabilities to government contractor

L-3 Communications Corp. has acquired 3Di Technologies LLC, a provider of secure satellite communications. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

3Di provides highly specialized end-to-end secure satellite communications utilized by forward-deployed U.S. special operations and in-theater personnel.

The acquisition of the company based in Hanover, Md., was completed Sept. 17 and announced by L-3 on Sept. 22.

The business will become part of the Microwave Group within L-3’s Electronic Systems segment, the announcement said.

3Di Technologies provides complete communications solutions for a global customer base, primarily using satellite networks and related technologies to deliver high-end, professional-grade services in mission-critical applications.

Its products and services are applicable to intelligence, defense and select commercial customers.

The company combines equipment, professional services, satellite services, voice-over-IP services, and field support into customized turnkey solutions, the L-3 announcement states.

3Di is expected to generate approximately $40 million in sales this calendar year, according to the L-3 announcement.

L-3 Communications, of New York City, ranks No. 8 on Washington Technology’s 2010 Top 100 list of the largest federal government contractors.

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David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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