L-3 Selected to Provide EO/IR Imaging Turrets to the French Gendarmerie
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 13, 2007--L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its WESCAM (L-3 WESCAM) subsidiary has been selected by Eurocopter Deutschland (ECD) to provide 12 MX-15i electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) imaging sensors to the French Gendarmerie. System deliveries are scheduled to begin in December 2007, and will continue into 2009.
The L-3 MX-15i will provide the French Gendarmerie with immediate situational awareness capability from their new fleet of EC135 aircraft. Each system will include long-range infrared and electro-optic payloads. The units will also contain MX-GEO Gen. 3 - the industry's most effective, and accurate, ease-of-use control suite. The suite's combination of GEO-Location, Pointing, Focus and Tracking technology will support operators in determining accurate subject geographical location, and will reduce operator workload by automatically focusing the image and providing assistance in tracking objects.
"We are very proud that Eurocopter has selected L-3 WESCAM's MX-15i to meet the surveillance needs of the French Gendarmerie," said Paul Jennison, Vice President of Sales and Business Development for L-3 WESCAM. "We are committed to support Eurocopter and the French Gendarmerie through the induction and operation of our state-of-the-art products."
ECD has been chosen to replace the single-engine Ecureuil B, BA and BI platforms that have been in operation since 1980, with the EC135 aircraft, which will support law enforcement surveillance and identification missions throughout France - including crowd control, criminal investigation activity, security of military and airport facilities, and surveillance of ceremonies involving foreign dignitaries.
The lightweight MX-15i is a member of L-3's MX-Series of imaging turrets. The series, which includes the MX-20, MX-15D and MX-15, is a true family of sensor systems, spanning a broad range of size, weight and performance parameters, and uses common components and common interior electronics, thereby simplifying interchangeability and creating efficiencies in support, technology growth and reducing life cycle cost.
L-3 WESCAM is a world leader in the design and manufacture of stabilized, multi-spectral airborne imaging systems. To learn more about L-3 WESCAM, please visit the company's web site at www.wescam.com.
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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CONTACT: L-3 Communications Cynthia Swain, 212-697-1111 Vice President, Corporate Communications or L-3 WESCAM Paul Jennison, 905-633-4000 Vice President, Government Sales and Business Development or FD Investors: Eric Boyriven, Alexandra Tramont Media: Evan Goetz 212-850-5600
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