L-3 Communications announced on 14 Nov 2016 that it has been awarded a contract totaling $208 million by the Australian Defence Force (ADF), under the LAND 53 Phase 1BR program, to deliver soldier modernization technology, including specialized night vision equipment, to the Australian Army.
The five-year contract was awarded through a competitive bid process that included extensive ADF field testing. Deliveries are expected to occur between May 2017 and May 2021.
“This new business award demonstrates the growing demand for our highly advanced, capable products and solutions in a key international market,” said Michael T. Strianese, L-3’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “L-3’s ability to deliver a collaborative, one-company solution to meet a wide range of requirements is increasingly important to our customers, both in Australia and across the globe.”
Work will be performed by L-3 Warrior Systems in collaboration with Australia-based L-3 Oceania, both in L-3’s Electronic Systems business segment. Under this contract, L-3 will provide the Australian Army with innovative targeting and detection capabilities that are designed to perform at night and under all weather conditions. These include binocular night vision goggles, which incorporate white phosphor image intensification technology, a compact multifunction aiming laser with integrated white light capability, and the next generation of lightweight, miniature laser rangefinders.
L-3 Warrior Systems is also scheduled to open a new sustainment center in Australia to provide in-country logistics support, as well as regional customer support, for this project.
L-3 Warrior Systems develops and manufactures fully qualified, advanced night vision and electro-optical systems and components for the United States military, law enforcement, first responder agencies and allied nations across the globe. Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide. The company reported 2015 sales of $10.5 billion.