NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 22, 2009--
L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its Mission
Integration Division delivered the seventh and final aircraft for Phase
1 of the Project Liberty Aircraft (LPA) program to the U.S. Air Force.
"We are extremely proud of this accomplishment. The L-3 team went on
contract on September 30, 2008 and delivered all seven aircraft in less
than ten months - ahead of the contracted delivery dates. The LPA
program was created by the Secretary of Defense as an immediate response
to urgent Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) needs of
our combat forces. We are excited to be part of this ground-breaking
acquisition effort and the opportunity to make a significant
contribution to our country's current operations," said John McNellis,
president of L-3 Integrated Systems Group. "We are also committed to the
success of the next Phase of LPA, Aircraft 8 and beyond, to make sure
our combat forces have the ISR capabilities they need."
"We've had people working long and hard to get these aircraft out to the
troops," said Mark Von Schwarz, L-3 Mission Integration Division
president. "Our people and our entire team rose to the challenge, and
the first aircraft went from contract award to delivery in just six
months and 27 days. We are especially proud of the efforts by our
industry partners -- Hawker Beechcraft, Alliant Tech, and Northrop
Grumman; as well as our L-3 Communications division partners -- Systems
Field Support, ComCept, Wescam, Communication Systems-West, and Platform
Integration, who have responded to this demanding schedule."
L-3 Mission Integration will modify a total of 37 Air Force MC-12Ws with
sensor packages and communications systems. Mr. Von Schwarz said, "We
have received additional orders over the last three months and are
aggressively moving out to deliver these aircraft as fast as possible.
We have added two more aircraft integration sites to triple our
The planes are militarized versions of the Hawker Beechcraft Super King
Air 350 and feature full-motion video and signals intelligence
capabilities to allow its crew of two pilots and two sensor operators to
augment information gathered by other systems and provide actionable
intelligence to battlefield leaders.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs over 66,000
people worldwide and is 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.
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Source: L-3 Communications