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L-3 GCS Awarded $170 Million Contract from U.S. Special Operations Command

NEW YORK, Aug 26, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its GCS subsidiary (L-3 GCS) has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for its Panther(TM) Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) manpack satellite communications systems and associated equipment. The systems will be used in support of USSOCOM's Special Operations Forces Deployable Node-Lite (SDN-Lite) program, which will provide worldwide satellite communications connectivity to Special Operations Forces field personnel. The contract is valued at up to $170 million over the next five years.

"L-3 GCS is particularly honored to have been selected by USSOCOM for this important program to augment warfighter communications," said Bob Jacobson, president of L-3 GCS. "For the past two years, our goal has been to bring the size of a VSAT terminal down to a rucksack-sized package. We have achieved that goal, and USSOCOM has validated our vision with this award. Now, a single warfighter can have a megabit-per-second, beyond line-of-sight radio in his or her rucksack."

L-3 GCS will begin shipping MIL-tested and certified Ku-, Ka-, and X-band manpacks, data kits and power systems to USSOCOM this calendar year, with additional units scheduled for production and delivery over the life of the contract.

Located in Victor, N.Y., L-3 GCS is a leading provider of satellite communications (SATCOM) systems that integrate data, broadband Internet, telephony, multimedia, audio, video and computer networking. These rugged, easily deployed systems are utilized by the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security as well as other federal agencies and various commercial sector customers. To learn more about L-3 GCS, please visit the company's website at

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs approximately 67,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems, aircraft modernization and maintenance, and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2009 sales of $15.6 billion.

To learn more about L-3, please visit the company's website at L-3 uses its website as a channel of distribution of material company information. Financial and other material information regarding L-3 is routinely posted on the company's website and is readily accessible.

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