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L3 WESCAM announced that it has recently won defense contracts valued at more than $90 million. The orders will provide a range of MX-Series electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) imaging systems to global customers operating in the airborne and maritime domains.
Key contracts include systems for the Royal Thai Navy, the United States Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force, the United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), and the United States Department of Homeland Security.
“This grouping of new orders for L3 WESCAM sensors is a direct reflection of our strategy to drive growth by engineering market-leading products and solutions,” said Jeff Miller, president of L3’s integrated sensor systems sector. “Our advanced imaging products are delivered to a diverse international customer base in both the defense and the broader security and public safety markets, and we see a robust pipeline of opportunities globally.”
“With more than 3,600 MX products fielded and an installed base that spans 78 countries, L3 WESCAM remains a sought after, trusted and proven partner,” said Mike Greenley, president of L3 WESCAM. “We are proud to provide our stabilized MX-Series systems in support of evolving missions carried out by defense agencies at home and abroad.”
Department of Homeland Security and Airborne Law Enforcement Agencies
The demand for L3 WESCAM’s MX-10 and MX-15 electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) systems within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Airborne Law Enforcement (ALE) markets has continued to grow in support of time-critical law enforcement missions. L3 WESCAM has seen an increase in global ALE sales, including many within Canada and throughout the U.S. These orders have resulted in over 113 different agencies utilizing L3’s systems across 30 countries.
Recent orders have MX-Series systems configured to tactical helicopters, including Bell’s 407 and 406, Eurocopter’s AS350 and EC120, and MD Helicopter’s MD 530. Additionally, MX systems are conducting missions from leading ALE fixed-wing platforms, including Cessna’s 207 and 208, Pilatus’ PC-12 and the Vulcanair P68.
In addition, L3 WESCAM was contracted to supply AFSOC with MX-20D EO/IR designating systems for installation on its AC-130J Ghostrider aircraft; to provide MX-20 EO/IR imaging systems to the U.S. Navy for installation on a number of P-8A Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA); and L3 will supply its MX-10MS EO/IR maritime sensor system to the Royal Thai Navy for its Krabi Class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs).