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Federal Government Approves L-3's Wireless Mesh Mine Communications System

NEW YORK, Nov 18, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its ACCOLADE wireless mesh mine communications system has received final approval from the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) for all key system components. This approval enables mine operators throughout the country to incorporate L-3's wireless mesh system into their federal- and state-approved mine-safety plans.

The wireless mesh system, developed by L-3's Global Security & Engineering Solutions (GS&ES) division, is the only MSHA-approved safety system that incorporates voice, data and tracking capabilities into a single system. This successful federal approval follows similar approval from the state of West Virginia in September. GS&ES will commence large-scale commercial sales and installations of the system throughout the coal mining industry beginning in January 2009.

"Our ability to meet requirements for MSHA and West Virginia is a result of the technical innovation of our L-3 staff and partners and demonstrates our government's commitment to make advanced mine safety systems available to the industry," said Jerry Bates, president of GS&ES.

L-3 Global Security & Engineering Solutions is a division of L-3 Communications. Headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia, GS&ES has nearly 3,000 employees worldwide providing a broad range of technical, analytical, operational and security services and products to government and commercial customers. Core capabilities include advanced security solutions and services, engineering and technical solutions and services, program management, and operational support services.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs over 64,000 people worldwide and is a prime 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 2007 sales of $14 billion.

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