(NYSE: LLL) Integrated Systems (L-3 IS) was selected by the
United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence (MoD) to become the preferred
bidder for a planned upgrade of the RAF Nimrod R1 electronic
reconnaissance aircraft fleet. L-3 IS was awarded a contract
worth more than GBP 11.5 million ($21.7 million) to carry out
the risk reduction studies for HELIX Assessment Phase Stage
3, a major mission system upgrade to the capabilities of the
Royal Air Force (RAF) Nimrod R1 electronic reconnaissance aircraft
Nimrod R1 provides electronic reconnaissance and intelligence-gathering
support to military commanders and is viewed as a critical component
of the UK's Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and
Reconnaissance (ISTAR) force mix.
Main Gate approval, expected in June 2009, L-3 IS will be the
preferred contractor to execute the Project HELIX Demonstration
and Manufacture contract, which has a projected value of up
to GBP 400 million ($756 million), over a 7-year period, with
first aircraft delivery scheduled in early 2013.
As the lead systems integrator and prime contractor, L3 heads
a team that includes QinetiQ, LogicaCMG and BAE Systems Integrated
System Technologies. QinetiQ will provide electronic reconnaissance
technologies and LogicaCMG will contribute ground systems, information
management and security services and technologies. BAE Systems
will provide aircraft modification, aircraft certification,
long-term support and logistics services and some sensor technologies.
The modification work on the aircraft will be performed at RAF
Waddington, Lincolnshire, England, with final integration and
flight testing conducted in Greenville, Texas.