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Friday, August 3, 2012

L-3 Wescam Introduces MX-10D EO/IR Imaging Turret

Burlington, Ontario-based L-3 Wescam has launched its MX-10D electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) imaging and designating turret for helicopters, tactical UAVs and fixed-wing platforms. The Canadian division of New York City-based L-3 Communications unveiled the turret at the Farnborough International Airshow earlier this month. The MX-10D underwent tests in early June with an armed MD500E and a Cessna 208 turboprop at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. As part of the flight trials, the turret received testing with the operational envelope of the Hellfire missile. L-3 Wescam has also introduced a simulator that will allow operators to train on its MX Series of EO/IR turrets. Designed with German company INSYEN AG, the MX-Sim connects to multiple L-3 Wescam standard control systems to provide various pre-planned scenarios, such as IED surveillance, SAR and counter-terrorism missions in various weather and environmental conditions.
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