L-3 Communications Avionics Systems' GH-3000 ESIS and TACAN Selected by Royal New Zealand Air Force


Farnborough International Airshow 2006

FARNBOROUGH, England-July 18, 2006-L-3 Communications announced today that its Avionics Systems (L-3 Avionics Systems) subsidiary will supply its GH-3000 Electronic Standby Instrument System (ESIS) and Tactical Airborne Navigation (TACAN) system to the Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K program. L-3 Avionics Systems is working in tandem with L-3's Integrated Systems subsidiary, which is the prime contractor for the P-3K upgrade.

"With defense ministries and departments around the world increasingly opting to upgrade older platforms, we have seen a surge in the retrofit market for GH and TACAN systems," said Larry Riddle, vice president of business development for L-3 Avionics Systems. "Whether installed for a new program or during refurbishment, the GH-3000 and TACAN systems represent a technological leap for any cockpit configuration."

Designed to replace conventional electro-mechanical standby attitude, airspeed and altitude instruments, the L-3 ESIS is capable of providing all three functions, plus heading, slip/skid, navigation data and vertical speed, in a single 3-inch ATI flat-panel display. Its Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Display (AMLCD) performs exceptionally well in direct sunlight as well as dark cockpit environments. The multi-purpose display boasts clear off-axis viewing and anti-aliasing of graphics for crisp readouts at any attitude. It is the only standby system available that can be customized to visually match an aircraft's primary flight display system, providing an additional measure of safety when transitioning from primary to standby instrumentation. The GH-3000 ESIS has the ability to interface with the aircraft's navigation systems and provides a complete package to assist the pilot in getting home safely. Extensive digital interface capabilities include the display of VOR, ILS, Distance Measuring Equipment (DME), TACAN, heading and information.

At 6.5 pounds, the L-3 airborne TACAN AN/ARN-154(V) is the world's lightest and smallest TACAN ever produced. It has the capability to track up to four ground stations simultaneously in range and two in bearing. The system is offered in two basic configurations; one with the ability to interface with analog flight instruments, and the second has ARINC 429 digital input and output data. Because of its unique internal construction, the RT-1634(V) can easily be adapted for special interface applications to meet virtually any military TACAN interface requirement.

L-3 Avionics Systems is a leading designer and manufacturer of advanced cockpit avionics for general aviation, business jet, air transport and military markets. The company provides a wide array of avionics safety technologies, such as the GH-3000 electronic and J.E.T. standby instruments, SkyWatch® collision avoidance systems, LandMark(TM) Terrain Awareness Warning Systems (TAWS) and Stormscope® weather mapping systems. L-3 Avionics Systems is committed to bringing cost-effective and advanced technologies to the industry. For more information, visit the company's web site at L-3com.com/AS.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications is a leading provider of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems, secure communications systems, aircraft modernization, training and government services. The company is a leading merchant supplier of a broad array of high technology products, including guidance and navigation, sensors, scanners, fuzes, data links, propulsion systems, simulators, avionics, electro optics, satellite communications, electrical power equipment, encryption, signal intelligence, antennas and microwave components. L-3 also supports a variety of Homeland Security initiatives with products and services. Its customers include the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, selected U.S. Government intelligence agencies and aerospace prime contractors.

To learn more about L-3 Communications, please visit the company's web site at www.L-3Com.com.

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