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L-3 Communications Integrated Systems Announces C-27J JCA Final Proposal Submittal

NEW YORK, Feb 02, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its L-3 Communications Integrated Systems (L-3 IS) subsidiary delivered the final proposal for the Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA) program on behalf of the C-27J JCA Team to the joint program office on January 31, 2007.

As prime contractor, L-3 Communications leads the C-27J JCA Team, which includes its Integrated Systems subsidiary and key partners, Alenia North America, Inc. (a Finmeccanica company), Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (NYSE: BA), and Global Military Aircraft Systems (GMAS).

"The C-27J JCA team started this competition with the best product and an outstanding team to meet the Army and Air Force requirements for a medium-lift, intratheater airlifter," said Bob Drewes, President and Chief Operating Officer of L-3 Integrated Systems Group. "We've signed strategic partnership agreements and refined our best-value offering to capture the team's deep heritage and expertise in the design, manufacture and support of combat-ready military systems. It is the most robust, survivable and combat-capable aircraft for the war fighter. We are proud to present the C-27J to our U.S. military and are confident that it is the best-value solution for the Joint Cargo Aircraft program."

The JCA program was established to address operational shortfalls and ease the airlift burden on other fixed-wing and rotary aircraft. The primary mission of the JCA will be to move mission-critical/time-sensitive cargo to forward tactical units in remote, austere locations, and land or take off from short unimproved runways. The C-27J offers the ability to carry heavy payloads over extended distances to meet the demanding conditions of combat and peacetime missions. Its exceptional Short Take-off and Landing performance, unequaled ruggedness, survivability and self-deployability features, combined with greater speed, range, and transloadability fully meets the JCA requirements.

The C-27J Spartan is the latest in a successful tradition of military airlifters including the C-27A Spartan and the G-222, which have been deployed by the United States, NATO, Coalition Forces, the United Nations and Italy in support of military and humanitarian operations in Albania, Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Congo, Operations Desert Shield and Storm, East Timor, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Honduras, Kosovo, Libya, Mali, Panama, Rwanda, Somalia, Uganda and Yemen. C-27A Spartans are currently carrying out vital counter-drug activities for the United States in Central and South America.

The C-27J has also proven capable of performing logistical re-supply, MEDEVAC, troop movement, airdrop operations, humanitarian assistance and missions of support to Homeland Security. The C-27J is currently flown by the Greek, Italian and Lithuanian Air Forces. It is under production for the Bulgarian Air Force and has recently been selected by Romania.

L-3 IS develops and integrates defense and commercial technology for U.S. and allied customers worldwide. Headquartered in Greenville, Texas, L-3 IS has more than five decades of experience in the development of complex intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; command and control; and secure communications. It is recognized internationally as a systems integration organization specializing in the modernization and maintenance of aircraft of all sizes. It is a leader in advanced technologies for signal processing, electronic countermeasures, sensor development and aircraft self-protection. Systems provided or maintained by L-3 IS help protect military and civilian personnel, bases, assets and national borders throughout the world.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications is a leading provider of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems, secure communications systems, aircraft modernization, training and government services. The company is a leading merchant supplier of a broad array of high technology products, including guidance and navigation, sensors, scanners, fuzes, data links, propulsion systems, simulators, avionics, electro optics, satellite communications, electrical power equipment, encryption, signal intelligence, antennas and microwave components. L-3 also supports a variety of Homeland Security initiatives with products and services. Its customers include the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, selected U.S. Government intelligence agencies and aerospace prime contractors.

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SOURCE: L-3 Communications

L-3 Communications
Cynthia Swain, 212-697-1111
Vice President, Corporate Communications
L-3 Integrated Systems
Edie Cartwright, 903-457-4604
Financial Dynamics
Investors: Eric Boyriven, Alexandra Tramont
Media: Evan Goetz

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