NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 20, 2009--
L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL), the prime contractor for the U.S. Army
and Air Force Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA) program, announced today a $203
million order of seven additional aircraft by the JCA Joint Program
Office. This January 2009 order brings the current contract total to 13
aircraft. L-3 leads an industry team that includes aircraft manufacturer
Alenia Aeronautica, Rolls Royce, Honeywell and Dowty.
“We are very happy with the team’s performance and progress on the
program,” said James Burkhardt, president of L-3’s Platform Integration
“This latest order reflects the confidence that the U.S. government has
in our abilities to continue to perform at the highest levels,” said
Giuseppe Giordo, president and chief executive officer of Alenia North
America and co-chief operating officer of aircraft manufacturer Alenia
Aeronautica. “Our team’s intense focus on delivering on our commitments
remains absolutely critical as we continue to meet the needs of our
With the first two C-27J aircraft delivered and crew training under way,
the program continues to progress on schedule and on budget. Following
the on-time delivery of the first aircraft in 2008, the first C-27J JCA
training class commenced in November 2008, preparing pilots and
loadmasters to perform multiple mission roles and serve as instructors.
Alenia North America is a subsidiary of Alenia Aeronautica and part of
the Finmeccanica Group. Its mission is to further expand the industrial
and commercial presence of the Alenia Group in North America. Alenia
North America Inc. is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in
Seattle, Wash.; Long Beach, Calif.; and Fort Worth, Texas. Alenia North
America – Canada, a subsidiary wholly owned by Alenia North America, has
offices in Ottawa, Canada. Alenia North America is also a shareholder in
several joint venture companies located in the United States. Global
Aeronautica, a joint venture with The Boeing Company, is located in
North Charleston, South Carolina, and performs significant integration
and sub assembly work for the Boeing 787 program. Global Military
Aircraft Systems (GMAS), a joint venture with L-3 Communications
Integrated Systems, is a center of excellence to support the C-27J in
North America. GMAS is headquartered in Madison, Miss.
L-3 Integrated Systems (L-3 IS) 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 approximately
65,000 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 2008
sales of $14.9 billion.
To learn more about L-3, please visit the company's Web site at www.L-3com.com.
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Notes to Editors:
The C-27J is a mid-range, multifunctional and interoperable aircraft
able to perform logistical re-supply, MEDEVAC, troop movement, airdrop
operations, search and rescue, humanitarian assistance and homeland
security missions for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. The C-27J will
replace the U.S. Army’s C-23 Sherpa and portions of the US Army’s C-12
and C-26 fleet. The C-27J will augment the U.S. Air Force’s existing
fleet of intra-theater airlifters. The aircraft will play a key role
in providing responsive aerial sustainment and critical re-supply
support for the maneuver force.
The C-27J Spartan has been in production in Italy since 2001, and has
been delivered to Bulgaria, Greece, Italy and Lithuania. It has also
been ordered by Romania and Morocco. The C-27J Spartan has been most
recently selected by Slovakia with contract negotiations underway.
Orders to-date, follow-on contracts, as well as international, foreign
military and variant sales are expected to extend orders for the C-27J
to more than 200 aircraft.
The C-27J Spartan is the latest in a successful tradition of military
airlifters, which includes the C-27A Spartan and the G.222, which have
been deployed by NATO, Coalition Forces, the United Nations and Italy.
The aircraft has been used successfully in support of military and
humanitarian operations in Albania, Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Congo,
Operations Desert Shield and Storm, East Timor, Eritrea, Ethiopia,
Honduras, Kosovo, Libya, Mali, Panama, Rwanda, Somalia, Uganda. and
Yemen. C-27A Spartans are currently carrying out vital counter-drug
activities for the United States in Central and South America.
Source: L-3 Communications
L-3 Integrated Systems
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