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L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. announced today that it plans to open a Design, Engineering and Support facility in Ottawa, Ontario, under the new organization, L-3 Communication Systems – Canada. The facility will accommodate a team of highly specialized design, software and systems engineers. It includes a state-of-the-art communications system laboratory that will provide an integration test bed and demonstration environment for future maritime communications architectures for the Royal Canadian Navy’s submarine and surface fleets.
The addition of L-3 Communication Systems – Canada to world-class organizations, including MAS, WESCAM, MAPPS, Electronic System Services and Targa, reaffirms L-3's standing as one of the premier defense companies in Canada.
The new facility is a key component of L-3’s strategy to showcase its innovative capabilities, promote in-country research and innovation, and cultivate local academic and technology partnerships. L-3 has a growing business base in Canada, which reflects the company’s increased focus on marine communications and electronic systems integration, building on L-3’s current implementation of integrated communications solutions for the Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) and Project Resolve Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) programs. The facility will better prepare L-3’s businesses to be a part of future naval and marine programs in Canada, as well as offer a strong base for the export of L-3’s communication and electronic systems to the international market.
“This state-of-the-art engineering center will be an important contributor to the Ottawa technological community, leading our efforts to best support our Canadian communications and systems integration operations,” said John Mega, president of L-3’s Communication Systems business segment. “Ontario’s highly skilled workforce is a rich source of talent that enables L-3 to build upon our extensive national support base. The creation of this engineering center reaffirms our long-standing partnership with the Canadian government and local industry and our commitment to broaden access to L-3’s products and services.”
The Ottawa facility will complement the recently created L-3 Canada Marine Systems (L-3 CMS) business that offers naval and marine customers a single point of contact with access to a wide array of products and services. These include integrated platform management systems, underwater systems, integrated communications, sensors, ISR products, systems and integration, and in-service support. L-3 supports a variety of maritime platforms, including Halifax-class frigates, Victoria-class submarines, Orca-class training vessels, Kingston-class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs), Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) and the Project Resolve Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ship.
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.