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L-3 to Exhibit SPYDR II, the Next-Generation Multi-INT ISR Aircraft, at the Farnborough International Airshow


July 11, 2016
By Business Wire News

FARNBOROUGH, England

L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) announced today that its Mission Integration division will exhibit for the first time the next generation of its tactical Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, known as SPYDR II, at the Farnborough International Airshow.

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The L-3 SPYDR II next-generation tactical ISR aircraft features the L-3-developed Rapid Aircraft Pay ...

The L-3 SPYDR II next-generation tactical ISR aircraft features the L-3-developed Rapid Aircraft Payload Deployment System (RAPDS), which enables customers to quickly change the aircraft’s mission configuration on short notice and facilitates upgrading to new sensor technologies. SPYDR II can be easily converted to maritime, ground/border or logistics/transport configurations to suit a specific operating mission. (Photo: Business Wire)

The SPYDR II is mission-ready and fully certified with FAA Supplemental Type Certifications (STCs) and features the L-3-developed Rapid Aircraft Payload Deployment System (RAPDS), which is specifically designed for the rapid reconfiguration of sensor payloads.

The SPYDR II will be presented as a static aircraft display, with briefings on its capabilities provided throughout the trade days of the airshow from July 11–15, 2016.

“ISR is a core business and growth area for L-3 and we are excited to introduce the SPYDR ll to our global customers,” said Michael T. Strianese, L-3’s chairman and chief executive officer. “SPYDR II offers a low-risk, cost-effective solution for global ISR requirements and builds on L-3’s successful history of delivering more than 70 King Air-based ISR aircraft to customers worldwide.”

“SPYDR II represents L-3’s continued investment in our tactical ISR business,” said Mark Von Schwarz, president of L-3 Aerospace Systems, which includes the Mission Integration division. “The SPYDR II distinguishes itself with our new RAPDS payload system, which provides customers a customizable capability for multiple missions and requirements.”

RAPDS allows customers to alter the aircraft’s mission configuration on short notice, using plug-and-play technology that integrates network-based sensors for any ISR requirement. This unique approach enables customers to tailor payloads in support of changing ISR specifications and also facilitates upgrading to new sensor technologies. The SPYDR II RAPDS concept represents a significant shift from the mission-specific configuration of current designs and is adaptable to other airborne platforms as well.

With SPYDR II, customers will have the capability to rapidly adapt to meet mission requirements across the ISR spectrum of technologies. The aircraft can be easily converted to maritime, ground/border or logistics/transport configurations that fit the customer’s operating mission. Sensor types include wide-area motion imagery (WAMI), maritime radar, ground moving target indicator (GMTI) and foliage-penetrating (FOPEN) synthetic aperture radar (SAR), signals intelligence (SIGINT), and light detection and ranging (LIDAR).

Located in Greenville, Texas, L-3 Mission Integration is an industry leader in the missionization, modernization and maintenance of aircraft and ground systems with more than 65 years of experience in developing complex intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; command and control systems; and secure communications. The company is part of L-3’s Aerospace Systems business segment. To learn more about L-3 Mission Integration, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3com.com/mid.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military and commercial platforms. L-3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems. The company reported 2015 sales of $10.5 billion.

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