Press Release

L-3 Communications Awarded Multimillion Dollar Contract to Support the U.S. Air Force Satellite Control Network

By SpaceRef Editor
October 16, 2002
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L-3 Communications
today announced at the World Space Congress that its
Telemetry-West division has been awarded a multimillion dollar
contract to provide High Power Amplifiers (HPAs) to Honeywell
Technology Solutions, Inc. (HTSI) in support of the Satellite Control
Network Contract (SCNC). Over a rigorous 18-month selection process, this award has
culminated in an HPA design that will serve the future commanding
needs of the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) for many
years to come. The value of the contract, when all options are
exercised, is estimated at over $25 million.

The AFSCN is a network of two communications and operational
control centers and multiple antennas located at nine sites worldwide.
These ground stations are the vital communications link between the
National Command Authorities and U.S. forces worldwide. Honeywell,
which earlier this year selected L-3’s Communication Systems-West
division as part of the Honeywell Technology Solutions team on the
SCNC, competitively selected L-3 Telemetry-West to provide the
multi-kilowatt HPAs in both L- and S-Band frequencies for dramatically
improved satellite command capabilities.

The SCNC program consolidates development, systems engineering,
integration and sustainment functions into one contract for the AFSCN.
Honeywell will replace the existing communications technologies that
make up the ground network and tracking systems of the AFSCN with
improved components and antenna systems, providing new capabilities to
ensure the system is operational 24 hours a day.

“This award illustrates how Telemetry-West’s experience in
supporting the AFSCN continues to provide us with new opportunities in
the marketplace,” said Glenn Flaherty, director of HPA programs, L-3
Telemetry-West. “We are pleased to be working with HTSI to support the
U.S. Air Force and look forward to continued growth in this area.”

L-3 Telemetry-West is the heritage supplier of the AFSCN Automated
Remote Tracking Station (ARTS) HPAs now in service worldwide to
support Space Ground Link System (SGLS) command capabilities. The new
award will lead to development and production contracts to replace the
ARTS HPAs with both SGLS and Unified S-Band (USB) command capability
to allow expanded transmission into both L- and S-Band frequencies.

Telemetry-West also provides both SGLS and USB spaceborne
command/telemetry transponders, which interface with the AFSCN ground
network. These satellite TT&C units have a strong flight heritage, and
this knowledge contributes to L-3’s ability to provide customers with
highly effective system solutions.

L-3 Communications Telemetry-West is the world’s premier provider
of custom flight hardware and systems solutions for missile
telemetry/flight termination and spacecraft telemetry, tracking and
control (TT&C), as well as tactical intelligence receivers and
terrestrial HF and microwave radios. Additionally, Telemetry-West
leads the telemetry and test industry in the design and manufacture of
advanced real-time commercial-off-the-shelf ground hardware and
software solutions for spacecraft command and control, satellite
manufacturing and on-orbit operations, launch testing and monitoring,
flight test, weapons test and development, surveillance and detection
and general-purpose data acquisition. All solutions are offered with
complete systems engineering and integration services and are backed
by a global customer support organization. The company has more than
50 years of experience in telemetry and data acquisition technology
and serves virtually every major aerospace organization in the world.

To learn more about L-3 Telemetry-West, please visit the company’s
web site at www.L-3Com.com/tw.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications is a leading
merchant supplier of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
(ISR) products, secure communications systems and products, avionics
and ocean products, training products, microwave components and
telemetry, instrumentation, space and wireless products. Its customers
include the Department of Defense, selected U.S. government
intelligence agencies, aerospace prime contractors and commercial
telecommunications and wireless customers.

To learn more about L-3 Communications, please visit the company’s
web site at www.L-3Com.com.

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Reform Act of 1995: Except for historical information contained
herein, the matters set forth in this news release are forward-looking
statements. The forward-looking statements set forth above involve a
number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to
differ materially from any such statement, including the risks and
uncertainties discussed in the company’s Safe Harbor Compliance
Statement for Forward-looking Statements included in the company’s
recent filings, including Forms 10-K and 10-Q, with the Securities and
Exchange Commission.

SpaceRef staff editor.