Navy buys helicopter displays from L-3

ALPHARETTA, Ga., 16 February 2005. L-3 Communications Display Systems announced today that it has been awarded a production follow-on contract from the Naval Air Systems Command (NASC) to provide cockpit displays for the CH-46E Sea Knight.

Feb 16th, 2005

ALPHARETTA, Ga., 16 February 2005. L-3 Communications Display Systems announced today that it has been awarded a production follow-on contract from the Naval Air Systems Command (NASC) to provide cockpit displays for the CH-46E Sea Knight. Initial deliveries for this contract will begin in July 2005.

Under the terms of the contract, L-3 Display Systems will deliver an additional 128 Actiview Model 550 Electronic Flight Indicators (EFIs) to replace the current CH-46E Horizontal Hover Situation Indicators (HHSIs).

The EFI is a versatile, reliable, cost-effective, plug-and-play replacement for outdated flight instruments on older aircraft. Features include a 5.5-inch diagonal high-resolution Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Display (AMLCD), a high-brightness, high-performance backlight and night vision goggle compatibility.

"We are honored to have earned this opportunity to broaden our relationship with the U.S. Marine Corps in its efforts to retrofit the CH-46E Sea Knight," said Bob McGill, president of L-3 Display Systems. "The CH-46E has been used extensively by our military for troop transport and vertical replenishment in Afghanistan and Iraq. L-3 Display Systems is proud to be a part of the rejuvenation of a workhorse like the CH-46E."

"The HHSI has been a big problem for CH-46E maintenance for many years," said Ron Johnston, H-46 Avionics Systems project officer. "The old display was at the end of its life and there were no available spare parts for repair. This program office asked L-3 Display Systems to develop a replacement HHSI, and L-3 responded rapidly. Within seven months, L-3 Display Systems has delivered over 85 units to the fleet Marine forces, and we now have spares readily available. Quick and accurate engineering, rapid delivery and improved reliability of the needed replacement systems have increased the readiness of the CH-46E fleet."

L-3 Display Systems, located in Alpharetta, Ga., specializes in the design, development and manufacture of ruggedized display systems for the world's most advanced applications. The division was selected as The Boeing Company's 2002 Supplier of the Year for Aerospace Support from a field of over 11,000 suppliers and also received the distinguished Preferred Supplier Certification Award from Boeing. L-3 Display Systems offers a wide variety of displays and processors available to meet a host of system architectures for airborne, shipboard and ground-based applications. For more information, see www.L-3Com.com/displays.

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.

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