Exelis, L-3 Partner to Develop EW Solution for USAF Special Operations Aircraft
Exelis (NYSE: XLS) and L-3 Platform Integration are partnering to provide cutting-edge electronic self-protection capabilities for the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command’s (AFSOC) AC/MC-130J Commando II aircraft.
The team’s combined experience in electronic warfare (EW) and platform integration will allow rapid development of a highly advanced yet low-risk solution to protect Air Force special operations aviators from the evolving radio frequency threats they face in their global missions.
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With more than 50 years of experience, Exelis is the recognized leader in the development of EW self-protection systems for large aircraft. Exelis is already a trusted supplier to U.S. Special Forces and provides EW solutions for multiple AFSOC platforms. L-3 Platform Integration has a more than 50-year heritage as a C-130 systems integrator, with vast knowledge and experience working on the platform and integrating a wide variety of technologies, including EW systems, for a range of customers.
“Our two companies have worked together on EW technology programs for special-mission aircraft since the 1990s,” said Mitch Friedman, vice president and general manager of the Exelis integrated electronic warfare systems business. “Our experience and shared history in this field will produce a system more than capable of addressing customer needs and enabling mission success in a changing EW environment.”
“Our team offers cutting-edge technology, maturity and experience,” said Michael Wright, president of L-3 Platform Integration. “The combination of L-3’s C-130 domain knowledge and the latest Exelis EW technology will deliver mission-enabling capabilities quickly and with low risk.”
Work on the pursuit will be performed at the Exelis facility in Clifton, New Jersey, and at L-3 Platform Integration in Waco, Texas. Exelis provides advanced, integrated EW solutions to protect and enable domestic and international customers to perform their critical missions. L-3 Platform Integration has decades of C-130 systems integration experience that includes a variety of special-mission C-130 variants.
Source : Exelis - view original press release