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L-3 Wins Australian LHD Communications Systems Subcontract

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 3, 2008--L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that it has signed a competitively-bid contract, valued at US$109 million, with Australian defense contractor Tenix to become the suppler of the communications systems for the Australian Defence Force's two new amphibious ships.

Under this 7-year award, L-3 will develop and deliver an integrated communication system for two Canberra-Class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) amphibious ships for the Royal Australian Navy. L-3's LHD communication system includes all external and internal communication subsystems, Maritime Tactical WAN, IT Networks, CCTV, Data Links, Entertainment and Training subsystems and the Broadcast & Alarm System. This role builds on L-3's successful on-time delivery of the integrated communication switching system for Australia's HMAS Sirius, commissioned to the Royal Australian Navy in September 2006.

"This contract represents a key win for L-3 in Australia and demonstrates the success of our strategy to expand our presence in international markets," said Michael T. Strianese, President and Chief Executive Officer of L-3. "The Australian Defence Force and Tenix are important customers for L-3 and we look forward to working with them both in the years to come."

Greg Roberts, President and COO of L-3 Communication Systems-East, added, "Our communication solution for Australia's LHD vessels achieves unprecedented levels of integration and automation to significantly reduce both acquisition cost and operation and maintenance expense. We have engineered this solution to provide a high degree of interoperability within the Australian Defence Force and also with coalition forces."

Mr. Roberts also noted that throughout the program, including the design and integration phases, L-3 plans to utilize local technical and support capabilities by working with Australian equipment suppliers.

L-3 Communication Systems-East (L-3 CS-East) designs, develops, produces and integrates communication systems and encryption solutions for commercial, space, ground, air and naval operations. To learn more about L-3 CS-East, please visit the division's website at

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


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    SOURCE: L-3 Communications