L-3 Delivers Multi-INT Configured EP-3E to U.S. Navy in Support of Operational Surge

  • (Source: L-3 Communications)
  • 12:00 AM, December 17, 2008
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NEW YORK --- L-3 Communications announced today that its Integrated Systems Group has delivered the first of eight EP-3E aircraft configured with new multiple-intelligence (multi-INT) capabilities to the U.S. Navy. Additional aircraft will be delivered by the end of 2008.>> System integration, installation and testing on the re-configured aircraft was performed in less than three months, with each aircraft requiring tens of thousands of hours of modification. L-3s quick-reaction conversion is part of the Navys response to increase operational capability in support of the Global War on Terror. The surge configuration adds substantial multi-INT subsystem capabilities to the EP-3E aircraft, which performs intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in support of maritime and ground forces deployed worldwide. The work was performed at L-3s integration center in Waco, Texas.>> Our work in rapidly designing and fielding the surge EP-3E adds enhancements to the platform, taking it from a traditional SIGINT asset to a true multi-INT airborne system that will be much more effective in theater today, said Mike Holmes, vice president of Federal Programs for L-3 Integrated Systems.>> L-3 engineers are currently working to integrate additional capabilities that will be fielded in a second round of surge modifications. The newly configured multi-INT EP-3E aircraft will be based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island.>>> L-3 Integrated Systems (L-3 IS) develops and integrates defense and commercial technology for U.S. and allied customers worldwide. Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs over 64,000 people worldwide and is a prime system 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.