L-3 WESCAM expands market presence into Chile with selection of MX-15 EO/IR Imaging Turret for Chilean Navy

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L-3 Communications WESCAM (L-3 WESCAM), a wholly owned subsidiary of L-3 Communications, announced today that it has been selected by the Chilean Navy to provide an MX-15 electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) imaging turret for the SH-32 Cougar airframe. System delivery will take place in 2006, followed by an in-country installation by Enaer, a Chilean Air Force Company.

The advanced MX-15 will be a key element to the Chilean Navy’s success by providing immediate situational awareness for maritime patrol and search and rescue type missions. Equipped with advanced MX-GEO, auto-tracker, image processing and local area processing, Chilean operators will receive positive geographical references further enabling them to automatically locate, point, track and focus with unparalleled accuracy.

The MX-15’s outstanding flight-proven performance is what sets L-3 WESCAM apart from the competition. The system offers advanced stabilization, impressive sensor technology and imaging capability, which provides for long-range subject detection and identification.

“The Chilean Navy is a new MX Turret customer, and this contract marks WESCAM’s entrance into the Chilean marketplace,” said Paul Jennison, L-3 WESCAM vice president, government sales and business development. “We are extremely pleased with the Chilean Navy’s confidence in the MX Family of turrets and in the selection of the MX-15 for its expanding missions. Furthermore, this contract clearly strengthens WESCAM’s worldwide involvement in leading naval programs.”

L-3 WESCAM is a world leader in the design and manufacture of stabilized, multi-spectral airborne imaging systems. To learn more about L-3 WESCAM, please visit the company’s web site at www.wescam.com.

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.

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