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L-3 Communications Receives Grant for Phase III Development of Argus Explosive Detection System From Federal Aviation Administration

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 7, 2000--L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) announced today that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded the company a grant for the Phase III development of the ARGUS Explosive Detection System (EDS). ARGUS is a more compact, lower-cost EDS system based on L-3's existing FAA-certified eXaminer 3DX(TM) 6000 and is suitable for smaller air carrier stations.

This grant provides L-3 Communications with $6 million in additional development funding. Completion of Phase III is scheduled for November, 2001.

In developing the eXaminer product line of explosive detection systems, L-3 formed a partnership with the Analogic Corporation to incorporate its advanced-design computer tomography (CT) system into the eXaminer 3DX 6000 and is working closely with the FAA. The 3DX 6000 system, which is capable of scanning over 500 bags per hour for explosives and contraband, provides operators with a clear and detailed view of alarmed items for quick resolution. L-3's eXaminer products are currently being utilized in international and American airports.

"As a result of a successful critical design review, the FAA is in agreement with the L-3/Analogic team's ARGUS design approach," said Joseph S. Paresi, president of L-3's Security Systems division. "The L-3 ARGUS will incorporate all of the features of the company's eXaminer 3DX 6000 in a smaller, less expensive design with the ability to handle up to 50 bags per hour."

The company's EDS products represent part of L-3's growing presence in the commercial transportation and communications markets. As well as its EDS products, the company's product offerings for the commercial transportation market also include the Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) product line, flight and data recorders for the aviation and maritime sectors, power delivery products, event recorders and power management systems for the locomotive sector. By adapting certain high-technology defense products to a select few niche commercial market applications and through its strategic acquisition strategy, the company generated $350 million in revenues in the commercial transportation and communications markets in 1999.

L-3 Communications' Security Systems division is located in Clearwater, Florida and is responsible for EDS system performance, product sales and support. The division, along with Analogic, is presently developing alternate use applications, such as drug detection.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications is a leading merchant supplier of 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 US 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

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation 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.


L-3 Communications, New York

Cynthia Swain, 212/697-1111


Morgen-Walke Associates, New York

Gordon McCoun, Eric Boyriven, Lauren Levine

Media Contacts: Jonathan Teall, Claudia Moscarella



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