L3 Awarded Contract to Support Boeing’s MQ-25 Unmanned Tanker for the U.S. Navy

by L3 Commercial Aviation on 04/24/2019

– Contract for surveillance, traffic collision and avoidance, and recorders supports the U.S. Navy’s first unmanned aerial refueling program –

PHOENIX, April 24, 2019 – L3 Commercial Aviation has been awarded a contract by The Boeing Company to supply ADS-B surveillance, collision avoidance technology and flight data recorders for the MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling program.

“L3 has a long history as a supplier on the Boeing tanker platforms,” said Terry Flaishans, President of L3’s Avionics division. “As they continue to make history with the first unmanned tanker, we are proud to supply the next-generation surveillance and flight data recorder solutions.”

As part of this contract, ACSS (an L3 and Thales joint venture) will be supplying next-generation, enhanced ADS-B and collision avoidance technology that provides precise information about surrounding air traffic. As one of the first Traffic Collision and Avoidance Systems (TCAS) and ADS-B providers, it has been supplying the commercial and military aviation markets with advanced safety, communication, surveillance and antenna products for nearly 20 years, with over 75,000 units fielded.

L3 will also be supplying the flight data recorder, which is the smallest, lightest recorder available for military aircraft and uses the latest in recording technology.

The MQ-25 is the U.S. Navy’s first operational carrier-based unmanned aircraft and is designed to provide a much-needed refueling capability. The contract supports Boeing’s engineering and manufacturing development program to provide four MQ-25 aircraft to the U.S. Navy for Initial Operational Capability by 2024.

“The MQ-25 program is vital because it will help the U.S. Navy extend the range of the carrier air wing, and Boeing and our industry team are all-in on delivering this capability,” said Dave Bujold, Boeing’s MQ-25 Program Director. “The work we’re doing is also foundational for the future of Boeing – where we’re building autonomous systems from seabed to space.”

About ACSS
Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS) is a joint venture, with 70 percent owned by L3 and 30 percent owned by Thales, and is managed by L3’s Commercial Aviation sector. ACSS designs and manufactures products for all aircraft and helicopter segments, and supports products for air transport and regional airlines, business aviation, and helicopter, General Aviation (GA) and military aircraft operators. ACSS produces avionics systems that increase safety, situational awareness and efficiency for commercial and military flight operators. More than 75,000 ACSS products are operating in commercial, corporate and military aircraft. Thales Avionics is the exclusive air transport sales and support agent of ACSS products. For information about Thales Avionics, visit www.thalesgroup.com.

About L3 Commercial Aviation
L3 Commercial Aviation provides holistic solutions across a wide range of services to the commercial aviation industry. From check-in to touchdown, L3 Commercial Aviation’s integrated solutions work to make air travel safer, more efficient and more effective. Its expertise extends across on-aircraft avionics, integrated airport security and complete pilot training offerings. It combines products and services from
L3’s Aviation Products, Commercial Training Solutions (CTS), and Security & Detection Systems business units, as well as ACSS, a joint venture of L3 and Thales. To learn more about L3 Commercial Aviation, please visit the company’s website at www.L3CommercialAviation.com.

About L3
With headquarters in New York City and approximately 31,000 employees worldwide, L3 develops advanced defense technologies and commercial solutions in pilot training, aviation security, night vision and EO/IR, weapons, maritime systems and space. The company reported 2018 sales of $10.2 billion. To learn more about L3, please visit the company’s website at www.L3T.com.

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