L-3 upgrades CC130 Hercules aircraft for Canada

EDMONTON, Alberta, 6 Dec. 2005. L-3 Communications announced today that its SPAR Aerospace Limited subsidiary has been awarded a four-month, $25 million extension to its current CC130 Hercules Integrated Support Contract (ISC) by the Canadian Government.

EDMONTON, Alberta, 6 Dec. 2005. L-3 Communications announced today that its SPAR Aerospace Limited subsidiary has been awarded a four-month, $25 million extension to its current CC130 Hercules Integrated Support Contract (ISC) by the Canadian Government.

L-3 SPAR's ISC covers a wide range of aircraft services including, aircraft structural integrity program, liaison engineering, life cycle management, avionics engineering, modification design engineering, aircraft heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul, life extension modification, fleet management software, technical publications, interactive electronic technical manual, aircraft component overhaul and logistics support.

The scope of work under the contract extension includes:
* commitments of a minimum of three aircraft to be inducted at L-3 SPAR for servicing, including one aircraft inducted at the end of November for extensive Hercules Airframe and Wiring System Refurbishment (HAWSR),
* periodics, mobile repair parties, fly-in repairs and component repairs requiring contractor support,
* continued engineering services from L-3 SPAR's Edmonton facilities and at Department of National Defence (DND) offices in Ottawa, and
* continued technical publication updates including, the Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETM) developed by L-3 SPAR and recently launched at DND.

L-3 SPAR will complete any aircraft work started during the contract period. This will likely result in aircraft in production at L-3 SPAR's Edmonton, Alberta facilities well into the summer of 2006.

L-3 SPAR's current CC130 Hercules ISC, which has been in place since October 2001, expires December 31, 2005, and the extension will run until April 30, 2006. L-3 SPAR and its predecessor companies have been providing aircraft repair and overhaul (R&O), maintenance and upgrade support under a variety of contracts to the Canadian Hercules fleet since 1960.

"L-3 SPAR has been providing this critical Canadian air mobility fleet with professional, high quality and cost competitive support for the past 45 years. Virtually every significant upgrade or modernization program ever carried out on the Canadian Hercules fleet has been designed and implemented by L-3 SPAR, from wing replacements and fatigue improvements to special mission modifications and avionics upgrades," said Patrice Pelletier, president of L-3 SPAR.

"Over the years, our hundreds of highly-skilled engineers and technicians have developed an unsurpassed knowledge of the history and idiosyncrasies of each Canadian Hercules aircraft and we are committed to continuing to provide the highest quality support to the CC130 Hercules."

"It is this breadth of experience and expertise gained on the Canadian Hercules fleet that has established L-3 SPAR as a provider of choice for C-130 customers world wide. We are building on that knowledge to make L-3 SPAR the world's leading supplier of aerospace solutions for air mobility platforms," concluded Pelletier.

A subsidiary of New York City-based L-3 Communications, SPAR Aerospace Ltd. is one of Canada's leading aerospace companies and is a Lockheed Martin-approved C-130 Hercules aircraft service center -- the only one in North America outside of Lockheed Martin itself. L-3 SPAR's corporate headquarters are located in Edmonton, Alberta, with additional facilities in Trenton, Ontario, Mississauga, Ontario and Venice, Italy. With more than 800 employees across Canada, L-3 SPAR is a globally competitive market leader of MRO and Aircraft Life Extension Solutions for air mobility platforms. For more information, see www.spar.ca.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications is a provider of ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) 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 initiatives with products and services. Its customers include the departments of Defense and Homeland Security, selected U.S. Government intelligence agencies, and aerospace prime contractors. For more information, see www.L-3Com.com.

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