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L-3 AVISYS Awarded DHS Counter-MANPADS Emerging Technologies Contract

by Staff Writers
New York NY (SPX) Nov 12, 2006
L-3 Communications reports that its AVISYS (L-3 AVISYS) subsidiary has been awarded a contract from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to assess its second generation Civil Aircraft Protection System (CAPS2) for the protection of commercial aircraft from man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS).

L-3 AVISYS will support the new DHS Emerging Counter-MANPADS Technologies Assessment (ECMTA) program by performing frequency interoperability and allocation analyses of its CAPS2 pulse Doppler warning subsystem technology, the MWS-20, produced by Thales Airborne Systems. A contract option is included to perform CAPS2 effectiveness modeling and simulation using advanced infrared decoys developed by Alloy Surfaces and tested by the U.S. Air Force.

"The DHS ECMTA program will provide L-3 AVISYS the opportunity to demonstrate CAPS2 capabilities for providing safe and affordable protection for the nation's commercial aviation sector," said Ed Gloviak, Vice President of Special Programs and Services for L-3 Communications Integrated Systems Group (L-3 IS).

Work on this contract will be performed at the L-3 AVISYS facility in Austin, Texas. L-3 AVISYS is currently in production of CAPS2 variants for international Head of State customers. Derivative applications of the CAPS2 technology include installations for Boeing 737, Boeing 747 and Airbus A340 aircraft.

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