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L-3 Awarded Contract for UK Project LISTENER

Oct 23, 2007: British MOD has launched the Assessment Phase of Project LISTENER, a program aimed at integrating various sensor to provide actionable intelligence against selected targets. LISTENER will be interoperability with British ISTAR assets and other Coalition information and intelligence systems. Under this assessment phase, the British MoD awarded L3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) a £1 million contract for the 10 months engineering effort which will focus on risk reduction and solution definition. The next milestone in this program is Main Gate approval, expected in 2009 for follow-on demonstration and manufacturing through 2015. The LISTENER capability is expected to remain in service until approximately 2035.


According to Bob Drewes, President of L-3’s Integrated Systems Group L-3 has already been involved with a similar project, the Network Centric Collaborative Targeting (NCCT) program, which networks Command and Control (C2) and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) assets to dramatically improve target location accuracy, timeliness and combat identification for the war fighter. “[LISTENER] takes advantage of our success in fielding the Network Centric Collaborative Targeting capability, modified for U.K. collection, processing, dissemination, and security context.” Said Drewes.

To pursue the LISTENER program the company assembled an industry team known as the KAIROS Consortium. According to Ron Cook, Vice President of L-3’s London Operations, “L-3 has assembled a top-flight team with QinetiQ and LogicaCMG, two of the U.K.’s leading firms in Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR). The L-3 solution combines proven performance and a sovereign solution.”

L-3 will be prime contractor for the effort, providing program management, airborne platform integration, and systems engineering for requirements development and test and evaluation., a team which includes U.K. partner companies QinetiQ (land and sea platform integration, system architecture, technology development, training and human factors) and LogicaCMG (integrated logistics support, security and communications). L-3 has committed to perform at least 60 percent of the LISTENER effort in the U.K., and has set up a LISTENER project office in Tewkesbury, near the MOD customer.



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