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L-3 Delivers Upgraded C-130 Aircraft to the U.S. Air Force for Argentine Foreign Military Sales Program

Fleet of Aircraft Receiving Avionics and Aircraft Systems Modernization

FARNBOROUGH, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 12, 2016-- L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) announced today that its Platform Integration division has delivered an upgraded C-130 aircraft to Argentina as part of a U.S. Air Force Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The delivery was the first of five aircraft scheduled to receive avionics and systems modernization.

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L-3 recently completed the first upgraded C-130 aircraft as part of a U.S. Air Force Foreign Militar ...

L-3 recently completed the first upgraded C-130 aircraft as part of a U.S. Air Force Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program to Argentina, shown here as it was inducted to the L-3 facility in Waco, Texas. The delivery was the first of five aircraft scheduled to receive avionics and systems modernization. (Photo: Business Wire)

Under the program, L-3 installed new communication, navigation and air traffic management systems avionics capabilities, as well as a reliability upgrade on critical environmental and power systems to increase mission availability. Several aircraft are slated to be fitted with special electro-optical equipment to expand the mission role of the Argentine Air Force.

“The cockpit avionics and aircraft systems upgrades delivered by our team will increase the mission availability of these C-130 aircraft for the Argentine Air Force and help ensure they continue to fly safely for many years to come,” said Mark Von Schwarz, president of L-3 Aerospace Systems, which includes the Platform Integration division. “These L-3 improvements will allow worldwide operations by providing compliance to current and upcoming Communication, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) regulations.”

The first aircraft installation and integration was performed by L-3 at its facility in Waco, Texas, and the remaining four aircraft will be upgraded at its in-country partner FAdeA’s (Fábrica Argentina de Aviones) modification facility in Córdoba, Argentina, with L-3 support.

Prime contractor L-3 Platform Integration has more than 25 years of experience as an aircraft systems integrator, including modernizing C-130 avionics for hundreds of C-130 aircraft in the U.S. Air Force fleet and international allies. L-3 Platform Integration is supported by partners L-3 TCS, which provided technical publications and a kit for the installation of an L-3 WESCAM MX-Series electro-optical and infrared imaging and targeting system, and Rockwell Collins.

L-3’s Platform Integration division provides complex aircraft integration, sustainment and modification services for military, commercial and OEM customers. Spanning 30 years, the company’s experience includes aircraft systems integration for maritime surveillance, advanced communications and avionics modernization on platforms ranging from small turboprop and business-class aircraft to wide-body jets.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military and commercial platforms. L-3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems. The company reported 2015 sales of $10.5 billion.

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Source: L-3 Communications

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