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L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. ( ) is a company that supplies command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C3ISR) systems and products, avionics and ocean products, training devices and services, instrumentation, space and navigation products. Its customers include the Department of Defensemarker, Department of Homeland Securitymarker, U.S. Government intelligence agencies, aerospace contractors and commercial telecommunications and wireless customers.

L-3 is headquartered in New York Citymarker.


L-3 (named for Frank Lanza, Robert LaPenta, and Lehman Brothers) was formed in 1997 from the purchase of ten former business units of Lockheed Corporation when Lockheed merged in 1996 with Martin Marietta; the ten units were those which the new Lockheed Martin was uninterested in owning.

L-3 has continued to grow since then through numerous acquisitions to become one of the top 10 US government contractors.

Business Organization

As of 2008, L-3 is organized under four business segments:
  • Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C³ISR)
  • Government Services
    • Aviation, Maritime, and Human Intelligence
    • IT and Other Solutions
    • Training and Staff Augmentation Services
  • Aircraft Modernization and Maintenance (AM&M)
    • Aircraft Modernization and Support Services
    • Aviation Support Operations
  • Specialized Products
    • Avionics, Displays, and Specialty Products
    • Marine and Power Systems
    • Microwave, RF, SATCOM and Antenna Products
    • Security and Detection
    • Sensors, Guidance, Navigation and Simulation


1997 2000
  • L-3 acquired the Training & Simulation Division of Raytheon Systems Co. based in Arlington, Texas. This company was formerly known as Hughes Training, Inc., and part of the Hughes Aircraft Defense Group purchased by Raytheon from General Motors two years earlier.
  • L-3 acquired portions of Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systemsmarker located in Greenville, TX, Waco, TX, and Lexington, KY. These companies were originally part of E-Systemsmarker.
  • L-3 acquired SyColeman corporation. SyColeman Corporation came about from the joining of Sy Technologies and Coleman Research Corporation.
2005 2006
  • L-3 acquired Crestview Aerospace, a company based in Northwest Florida. Crestview Aerospace provides aircraft structures, major airframe assemblies and military aircraft modifications for leading Prime contractors and OEMs in the aerospace industry.
  • L-3 acquired the Nautronix and MariPro businesses, based in Fremantle, Western Australiamarker and Santa Barbara, Californiamarker respectively, from Nautronix PLC in Aberdeen, Scotlandmarker. Nautronix and MariPro provide acoustic ranges and hydrographic solutions to commercial and defense markets.


Frank Lanza, CEO and co-founder, died on June 7 2006. CFO Michael T. Strianese was named as interim CEO, and was appointed President and CEO of the company on October 23, 2006.


Detainee Abuse

In May 2008, E-mud Alen Jan-baby sued L-3 and CACI for allowing their employees to abuse him physically and mentally at the Abu Ghraib prisonmarker.[36203]


  1. "Robert V. LaPenta" L-1 Identity Solutions

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