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Not to be confused with Level 3 Communications, an Internet carrier
L-3 Communications Holdings Inc.
Type Public (NYSELLL)
Founded 1997
Headquarters New York, New York, United States
Key people Michael T. Strianese
Jimmie V. Adams
Robert W. RisCassi
Industry Homeland Defense Products and Services
Products AVCATT, numerous specialized components
Revenue $13.96 Billion USD (2007)
Employees 64,000[1]

L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. (NYSELLL) 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 Defense, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Government intelligence agencies, NASA, aerospace contractors and commercial telecommunications and wireless customers.

L-3 is headquartered in Murray Hill, Midtown Manhattan, New York City.[2]



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[3]; 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)
    • C³ISR Support Services (which includes flight simulation manufacturing, traceable to the original designs and company of Edwin Albert Link)
    • ISR Systems
    • Secure Communications
  • 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




  • 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 Systems located in Greenville, TX, Waco, TX, and Lexington, KY. These companies were originally part of E-Systems.
  • L-3 acquired SyColeman corporation. SyColeman Corporation came about from the joining of Sy Technologies and Coleman Research Corporation.



  • 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 Australia and Santa Barbara, California respectively, from Nautronix PLC in Aberdeen, Scotland. 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.


  • L-3 SmartDeck, a fully integrated cockpit system
  • L-3 ProVision, Millimeter Wave Airport Passenger Screening System
  • L-3 eXaminer SX, 3DX, and XLB, Airport baggage scanning systems
  • L-3 OptEX, Trace level explosive detection system
  • AVCATT, a mobile aviation training simulator

Detainee abuse

In May 2008, Emad al-Janabi sued L-3 and CACI for physical and mental abuse from employees while he was detained at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, Iraq. Titan was the supplier of all translators at the prison, prior to its acquisition by L-3.[4]


External links

Wholly Owned Subsidiaries

Group on LinkedIn



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