NEW YORK --L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its AVISYS (L-3 AVISYS) subsidiary has been awarded a contract from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to assess its second generation Civil Aircraft Protection System (CAPS2) for the protection of commercial aircraft from man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS).
L-3 AVISYS will support the new DHS Emerging Counter-MANPADS Technologies Assessment (ECMTA) program by performing frequency interoperability and allocation analyses of its CAPS2 pulse Doppler warning subsystem technology, the MWS-20, produced by Thales Airborne Systems. A contract option is included to perform CAPS2 effectiveness modeling and simulation using advanced infrared decoys developed by Alloy Surfaces and tested by the U.S. Air Force.
"The DHS ECMTA program will provide L-3 AVISYS the opportunity to demonstrate CAPS2 capabilities for providing safe and affordable protection for the nation's commercial aviation sector," said Ed Gloviak, Vice President of Special Programs and Services for L-3 Communications Integrated Systems Group (L-3 IS).
Work on this contract will be performed at the L-3 AVISYS facility in Austin, Texas. L-3 AVISYS is currently in production of CAPS2 variants for international Head of State customers. Derivative applications of the CAPS2 technology include installations for Boeing 737, Boeing 747 and Airbus A340 aircraft.
L-3 AVISYS has provided innovative defense technology products and services since 1991. The L-3 AVISYS team is dedicated to meeting the defense needs of domestic and international customers with affordable, reliable, defense avionics systems including electronic countermeasure systems, airborne and ground telemetry and avionics systems integration. L-3 AVISYS works in collaboration with its major U.S. and international suppliers to provide world-class countermeasure solutions to the international market. L-3 AVISYS is headquartered in Austin, Texas, with additional offices in San Antonio, Texas and in California.
L-3 IS is recognized internationally as a system integration organization specializing in the modernization and maintenance of aircraft of all sizes, and the study, design, development and integration of special reconnaissance and communication systems for military and commercial purposes. The company has modified more than 15,000 different aircraft of more than 125 types. Headquartered in Greenville, Texas, L-3 IS operates from multiple sites in Texas, Mississippi, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Virginia, Maryland, Alabama, Georgia, Australia and the United Kingdom.
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, fuses, 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.
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