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L-3 Receives $200 Million U.S. Air Force Contract to Provide Targeting Systems

July 19, 2010
By George Seffers

L-3 Communications has announced that its WESCAM subsidiary has been awarded a third indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract from the U.S. Air Force. Valued at $200 million, the funding from this contract will be used to purchase the latest generation of L-3's MX-15Di targeting systems, complete with high-definition sensors, and MX-20D targeting systems, also with high-definition sensors, for an undisclosed customer. Over an 18-month period, three contracts have been awarded to WESCAM, enabling the Air Force to purchase a total of $400 million of products and services.

Italy Selects AAI Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System

July 19, 2010
By George Seffers

AAI Corporation, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, announced today that Italy's Ministry of Defense - Directorate of General Aeronautical Armament has selected AAI's Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems for the Italian Army. Under this 51 million euro-$64 million-award, Italy will purchase four Shadow systems for deployment alongside NATO forces. System requirements include a small system footprint; easy transportation using small vehicles or C-130 Hercules aircraft; ease of use; interoperability with other NATO forces; and the ability to take off and land from small, semi-prepared airfields.

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