News | August 19, 2008

L-3 Awarded United Kingdom C-130 Contract

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its SPAR subsidiary has been awarded an $18 million contract by the U.K. Ministry of Defence, Royal Air Force to perform outer wing replacements on three C-130K aircraft. This win reflects L-3's commitment and increasing presence in the U.K. as a major supplier to the MoD.

"We are pleased that the MoD and Royal Air Force have entrusted us with this C-130 outer wing program," said Sylvain B├ędard, president of L-3 SPAR. "We have developed innovative and unique wing improvement programs for the Canadian C-130 fleet for over 40 years, and this award is a reflection of our market leadership in C-130 life extension programs."

The outer wing refurbishment contract commenced this month at L-3 SPAR's Edmonton, Alberta, Canada facility. The wings are being reconditioned to meet the Royal Air Force's Hercules Outer Wing Replacement Plan.

"The provision of outer wings will extend the life of a number of essential operational aircraft to meet their planned out-of-service date," said Group Captain Mark Hobbs, Hercules Integrated Project team leader. "L-3 SPAR offered us the opportunity to provide this war-winning capability in a cost-effective manner. I am pleased that L-3 SPAR has demonstrated their undoubted ability to perform this essential task for the MoD."

L-3 has broad C-130 capabilities to include structural modifications, avionics updates and aging fleet management in its C-130 Center of Excellence. The C-130 Center was implemented to harness engineering, manufacturing, and service capabilities across L-3 divisions, offering maximum value and unsurpassed experience to C-130 customers worldwide.

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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