TSA buys explosives detection systems from L-3 Communications

NEW YORK, N.Y., 12 April 2005. L-3 Communications announced today that its L-3 Communications Security & Detection Systems, Inc. subsidiary has received a $33 million order from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for eXaminer 3DX explosives detection systems (EDS).

Apr 13th, 2005

NEW YORK, N.Y., 12 April 2005. L-3 Communications announced today that its L-3 Communications Security & Detection Systems, Inc. subsidiary has received a $33 million order from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for eXaminer 3DX explosives detection systems (EDS).

The eXaminer is one of only two in-line systems certified by the TSA to screen checked baggage. There are currently more than 500 L-3 EDS systems deployed throughout the world.

The eXaminer's advanced 3-D imaging capability allows operators to resolve alarmed bags more quickly, resulting in improved operational efficiencies. Networking capabilities allow images from multiple machines to be evaluated by multiple operators over a secure network.

Other recent improvements to the system include:
* Unprecedented baggage throughput of 600 bags per hour or more when operating within a fully integrated baggage handling system environment
* Industry-leading capability to accommodate long oversized baggage, such as skis or golf club bags, up to 100 inches (2.64 meters) in length
* Additional operational features that improve the overall reliability and efficiency of in-line systems.

"L-3 has worked closely with the TSA, airports and airlines to understand the most important features that are needed to make EDS more efficient and effective," said Allen Barber, president of L-3 Security & Detection Systems. "The high throughput capability of the eXaminer is one of the key features that airports and airlines have requested."

With a broad range of systems and technology, and an installed base of more than 18,000 systems worldwide, L-3 Security & Detection Systems offers screening technologies for numerous security applications that include: (1) aviation systems for hold baggage explosives detection, oversized baggage and checkpoint screening, (2) cargo and air freight screening, (3) port and border inspection, (4) and facility protection.

L-3 Security & Detection Systems' customer base includes major airlines, airports, numerous government agencies around the world (including the U.S. Customs Service, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of State), and international authorities throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. For more information, see www.L-3com.com/xray.

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 and is a merchant supplier of a broad array of high technology products. Its customers include the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, selected U.S. government intelligence agencies and aerospace prime contractors. For more information, see www.L-3Com.com.

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