L-3 to Supply Electro-Optical and Infrared Designating Systems Under a U.S. Foreign Military Sales Contract

By Veronica Magan | September 2, 2016
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Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk
A Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk. Photo: U.S. Air Force

[Avionics Magazine 09-02-2016] L-3 Communications’ Integrated Sensor Systems (ISS) sector within its electronic systems segment has been selected under a U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract to provide eight WESCAM MX-10D Electro-Optical and Infrared (EO/IR) designating turrets to a Middle Eastern nation’s Ministry of Defense. The customer will use L-3’s MX-10Ds in support of counterterrorism operations from its UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. Turret deliveries to Sikorsky, the integrator for the program, began in June 2016 and will continue through February 2017.

“We are proud to provide our end user with a powerful and affordable designating solution that will work in conjunction with legacy systems to deliver a unique and essential integrated EO/IR system,” said Paul Jennison, vice president of government sales and business development for L-3 WESCAM, a unit of L-3’s ISS sector.

L-3’s imaging systems range in size from 8 inches to 25 inches in diameter and provide high-resolution, stabilized full-motion intelligence in support of low-level tactical to high-altitude, ultra long-range missions.

With fully active four-axis MX-Series stabilization, the MX-10Ds are configured with a series of high-sensitivity, multi-spectral sensors that enable precision engagement from tactical ranges during daylight, low-light and nighttime missions. The sensors include a four field-of-view thermal imager, a high-definition daylight continuous zoom TV and a low-light continuous zoom TV, as well as an advanced laser designator, rangefinder and illuminator technologies.


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