L3 WESCAM Wins Series of Defense Contracts
BURLINGTON, Ontario — L3 WESCAM has won recent defense contracts valued at more than $90 million, the company said in a Jan. 3 release. 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 U.S. Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force, U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Viriyakit (1995) Co., Ltd. of Thailand has awarded L3 WESCAM a contract to supply its MX-10MS EO/IR maritime sensor system to the Royal Thai Navy for its Krabi-class offshore patrol vessels. Missions will include surveillance patrols, border control, disaster relief operations and natural resources protection. This milestone contract represents L3 WESCAM’s first MX sale in Thailand.
L3 WESCAM was contracted to supply AFSOC with MX-20D EO/IR designating systems for installation on its AC-130J Ghostrider aircraft. With two MX systems per aircraft, L3’s MX-20Ds will be a key component of the AC-130J’s modified Precision Strike Package. Additional package equipment includes a mission management console, robust communications suite, advanced fire control equipment and precision-guided munitions delivery capability.
L3 was contracted to provide MX-20 EO/IR imaging systems to the U.S. Navy for installation on a number of P-8A multimission maritime aircraft. The newly equipped P-8As will support worldwide naval missions conducted by the U.S. Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force.
Recent orders by the Department of Homeland Security and Airborne Law Enforcement (ALE) markets have seen 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.
“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,” added 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.”