L-3 wins airborne sensor work

L-3 Communications Integrated Systems has won a $16 million contract from the Missile Defense Agency to support MDA's airborne sensor mission operations program, the company announced this week.

The task was awarded under a five-year, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract with a funding ceiling of $411 million to provide the agency with airborne mission support for ballistic missile defense system test requirements.

L-3 Integrated Systems' Aeromet subsidiary will manage the program.

The primary mission of the Airborne Sensor Mission Operations program is to provide airborne electro-optic and infrared sensor capabilities to support the MDA and other test activities.

The airborne sensor program directs the design, development and integration for three types of aircraft: two high-altitude observatory aircraft, modified Gulfstream IIB aircraft and wide-body airborne sensor program-modified McDonnell Douglas DC-10 aircraft.

Each of the three aircraft can be configured with a variety of sensors to support ballistic-missile defense system test data collection efforts. The airborne sensor program also provides mission data analysis and reporting to ensure that critical test data gets to key organizations in a timely manner.

Greenville, Texas-based L-3 Integrated Systems, a software developer and integrator of electronic systems for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, is part of L-3 Communications of New York.

The company, which has 38,700 employees and annual sales of $6.8 billion, ranks No. 14 on Washington Technology's 2004 Top 100 list, which measures federal contracting revenue.

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William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.

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