L-3 Integrated Systems to Integrate Next-Generation Range Support Aircraft for U.S. Navy
LE BOURGET, France--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 19, 2007--L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) today announced that its Integrated Systems (L-3 IS) Group was awarded a contract from the U.S. Navy to integrate new and existing technology into the next-generation NP-3C instrumented range support aircraft. The base contract is valued at over $40 million while the options, if exercised, are valued at over $35 million.
Under the Next-Generation Range Support Aircraft (NGRSA) contract, L-3 will migrate existing systems from three P-3A-based NP-3D aircraft to three newer P-3C airframes. The L-3 team, which includes L-3's Telemetry East and Ball Aerospace businesses, in addition to L-3 IS, will also integrate new communications and telemetry technology on the aircraft.
The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division of the Naval Air Systems Command operates its fleet of NP-3D instrumented range aircraft primarily from Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif., at the Pacific Test Range, in a variety of operational and flight test scenarios.
"Our team, including the engineers, mechanics and electricians working on the NGRSA, recognizes the vital role these aircraft serve in ensuring our warfighters have the best weapons possible," said Michael L. Holmes, Vice President of Federal Programs and Waco, Texas Site Executive for L-3 IS. "The Navy's confidence in our expertise will be answered with a rapid and low-risk delivery of the NP-3C aircraft."
As part of the NGRSA Program, the L-3 team will:
-- Migrate existing technology, including Command Destruct
Systems and the Cast Glance stabilized photo-optical system,
into the NP-3C aircraft;
-- Integrate Ball Aerospace's telemetry system into an Advanced Airborne Telemetry System;
-- Infuse expanded Intercommunication System, a UHF relay, and secure commercial satellite communications (INMARSAT) capabilities; and
-- Perform all necessary ground and flight testing.
The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in 2010.
L-3 Communications Integrated Systems Group 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 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, systems and subsystems. 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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(Note to editors: Clarification on the aircraft nomenclature: -- NP-3D is the existing aircraft type, these aircraft were based on P-3A model airframes. -- NP-3C will be the aircraft designation once mission equipment is integrated onto the P-3C model airframes. -- The 'N' status prefix denotes the aircraft is a permanent special test asset. -- The "D" suffix described a non-standard equipment configuration, whereas the "C" suffix will reflect the aircraft model series, i.e. P-3C.) CONTACT: L-3 Communications Cynthia Swain, 212-697-1111 Vice President, Corporate Communications or L-3 Integrated Systems Lance Martin, 254-867-7001 or FD Investors: Eric Boyriven, Alexandra Tramont Media: Evan Goetz 212-850-5600
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