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L-3 Communications Link Simulation and Training Delivers Predator Mission Aircrew Training Systems

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 9, 2007--L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its L-3 Link Simulation and Training (L-3 Link) division has delivered the first five of seven Predator Mission Aircrew Training System (PMATS) production units to Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, NV.

Each of the five PMATS units has achieved ready-for-training status and is enabling Predator unmanned aircraft system pilots and sensor operators to undergo fully immersive, mission-based simulated training exercises. Delivery of the PMATS units 18 months after contract award represents the first use of a high fidelity training system for any unmanned aircraft system in the United States Air Force. Later this June L-3 Link plans to deliver two additional PMATS units and associated support equipment.

"Fully immersive simulation and training within the unmanned aircraft systems community has become a reality and will provide the same value and merit as it always has within the manned aircraft training arena," said Mike Wallace, Vice President for Air Force and Navy Programs at L-3 Link Simulation and Training. "The high fidelity training provided by PMATS units will enable the U.S. Air Force to rely less on live flight training, enable Predator crews to increasingly practice procedures to counter potentially catastrophic emergencies and conduct networked training exercises aimed at combating the Global War on Terrorism."

High fidelity training delivered by PMATS units is the result of L-3 Link's simulation software being integrated with the Predator's actual operational flight program software and ground control station hardware. The simulation software backbone L-3 Link provides also can be used to support future generations of the Predator and other unmanned aircraft systems.

As presently designed, PMATS provides high fidelity modeling of the Predator MQ-1 aircraft platform, sensors and weapons. The MQ-1 is used by the U.S. Air Force to meet armed reconnaissance requirements. The simulated synthetic environment takes into account time of day, winds, adverse weather and thermal effects. Plans call for PMATS to be enhanced in 2008 to provide simulation of the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft system, a more powerful turbocharged engine, increased weaponry payload, higher operational ceiling and continuous coverage over areas of interest without any loss of time on station.

In addition to the five PMATS units, as part of this aircrew training system L-3 Link has delivered five instructor operator stations (IOS) and equipment to support two brief/debrief rooms. From the IOS, instructors can set up conditions for an exercise, insert malfunctions and communicate with the pilot and sensor operator. In the brief/debrief rooms, crews are able to observe the simulated mission they have flown and determine both what went right and what needs to be corrected to ensure future mission success.

L-3 Link is a systems integration organization that delivers and supports training systems and equipment to enhance operational proficiency. L-3 Link's services include conducting front-end analysis, program design, simulator design and production and field support. L-3 Link has major operations in Arlington, TX, and other key bases of operation in Binghamton, NY; Orlando, FL; Broken Arrow, OK and Phoenix, AZ.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs over 63,000 people worldwide and is a prime system contractor in aircraft modernization and maintenance, C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of high technology products, subsystems and systems. The company reported 2006 sales of $12.5 billion.

To learn more about L-3, please visit the company's web site at www.L-3Com.com.

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             Cynthia Swain, 212-697-1111
             Vice President, Corporate Communications
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