L3 Technologies is an aerospace and defence company. It specialises on Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) programs, and communications, network, and electronic systems. The company’s main customers are the United States military, domestic security agencies — such as the FBI, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) — and the commercial aviation sector.
More specifically, L3 Technologies designs advanced systems on aviation security, pilot training, maritime security, night vision and infrared (IR) optical devices, and space defence and exploration.
The company consistently wins competitive contracts to design, upgrade, or produce products for the military. Only recently, a subsidiary of L3 Technologies, Security and Detection Systems, won an Army contract to manufacture and support the AN/PSS-14 individual mine detection system. The AN/PSS-14 will contain a metal detector, ground radar, and microprocessor software that will enable it to detect both antipersonnel and antitank mines. The prominence of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on modern battlefields has necessitated the constant evolution of detection systems. The choosing of L3 by the U.S. Army testifies to the company’s excellent credentials. The contract is worth $84 million.
Another contract that a subsidiary of L3 Technologies won recently is for the United States Marine Corps’ (USMC) next Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV). L3 OceanServer will design and produce an updated version of its Iver3 Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV). The Iver3 is a commercial UUV outfitted with an array of sensory equipment, for example, side scan sonars and inertial navigation systems, and used to conduct underwater surveys, environmental monitoring, and subsurface security operations. The USMC will employ the military version of the Iver3 for Mine Countermeasure (MCM) and littoral hydrographic operations. (It is worth noting that L3 OceanServer has already produced dozens of Iver UUVs for the U.S. Navy.)