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L3HARRIS WINS CONTRACT FOR NEXT PHASE OF U.S. NAVY F/A-18 ELECTRONIC WARFARE MODERNIZATION PROGRAM


MELBOURNE, Fla., Nov. 2, 2023 — L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) won a contract from the U.S. Navy to continue developing advanced systems to modernize electronic warfare (EW) capabilities on F/A-18 aircraft, enhancing pilot protection against emerging and future threats.


L3Harris will develop a next-generation EW system under the $80 million contract for the Navy’s F/A-18 fleet. It is one of two companies down-selected for the initial prototype contract. The final decision for follow-on development and production contracts is expected in 2026.

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“L3Harris is developing the advanced EW system to drive mission success and ensure naval aviators are protected for years to come,” said Ed Zoiss, President, Space and Airborne Systems, L3Harris. “This award builds upon decades of delivering EW systems to the Navy, and we are excited that our technology is protecting pilots in dangerous situations while allowing them to dominate potential adversaries.”


The advanced L3Harris system will feature an integrated electronic support measure and electronic attack system, providing prompt threat detection across all relevant radio frequency bands. With a modular open systems approach and open mission systems compliant design, this innovation allows crews to easily insert new and upgraded technology, saving time and reducing costs.


L3Harris has been providing innovative EW capabilities for F/A-18s for more than two decades. The company has also been providing these capabilities for more than 60 years to the U.S. Air Force and to other allied air services around the world.


 

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L3HARRIS AND NIOA ANNOUNCE GUIDED WEAPONS COLLABORATION IN AUSTRALIA


SYDNEY, Nov. 7, 2023 – Aerojet Rocketdyne, an L3Harris Technologies [NYSE:LHX] company, and Australian-owned defence prime NIOA have announced a strategic agreement to explore the manufacturing of critical guided weapons components in Australia.


The agreement anticipates the future assembly and manufacture of rocket motors, boosters and warheads for munitions within the Aerojet Rocketdyne portfolio. This portfolio covers the wide range of weapons within Australia’s sovereign Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance (GWEO) Enterprise.


"As part of a world-leading technology company, Aerojet Rocketdyne is pleased to embark on this project to bring rocket motor and warhead manufacturing to Australia,” said Ross Niebergall, President, Aerojet Rocketdyne. “Our company is uniquely positioned to provide the intellectual property for a wide range of propulsion systems used by the Commonwealth. Growing our capability in Australia will provide opportunities for Australian companies to contribute to the global supply chain for guided weapons.”


Speaking on the eve of the INDO PACIFIC 2023 international defence exhibition in Sydney, NIOA Group CEO Robert Nioa said, “As a 100% Australian-owned company, NIOA is excited to be entering this strategic agreement with Aerojet Rocketdyne to address critical munitions priorities for Australia.


“Ultimately we aim to create a multi-user rocket motor facility that will not only support our portfolio of offerings but will also have capacity and flexibility to support future strategic partners to meet the guided weapon demands as identified by the Australian Defence Force as well as adjacent industry sectors like space."


“This logical grouping of the main elements of the rocket motor, warhead and booster supply chains can deliver economies of scale that will maintain the production volumes needed to sustain critical skillsets. Forward deployed logistics and co-production initiatives in the Indo-Pacific region with Australia’s close allies are central to our model. This facility will also boost regional employment and will provide substantial opportunities for local companies to get involved in the supply chain.”



The Australian Government’s Defence Strategic Review released earlier this year emphasized the rapid establishment of a domestic GWEO manufacturing capability. The government responded by committing $2.5 billion to accelerate a sovereign industry to improve the Australian Defence Force’s self-reliance and the nation’s export capacity.


 

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L3HARRIS SPACE REFLECTORS SUCCESSFULLY DEPLOY ON THE LARGEST COMMERCIAL SATELLITE


MELBOURNE, Fla., Nov. 20, 2023 — L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) successfully deployed reflectors onboard the Hughes JUPITER™ 3 ultra high-density satellite to provide HughesNet® internet access across the Americas and to support enterprise networks, in-flight Wi-Fi, cellular backhaul and community Wi-Fi solutions.


“L3Harris designed and delivered four reflectors for the largest commercial communications satellite ever built,” said Ed Zoiss, President, Space and Airborne Systems, L3Harris. “In the fast-paced, complex world of satellite communications, customers need solutions that decrease mission risk and cost while answering the call to deliver data at higher speeds in the most remote locations. Our space antennas do exactly that.”


L3Harris is a supplier of large reflector apertures and deployable mesh reflector-feed antenna systems for UHF-Band through K-Band and all orbital regimes. The reflectors also feature a mesh-reflective surface that maximizes antenna gain and provides improved performance required for mobile media services.


L3Harris built JUPITER 3’s reflectors in Palm Bay, Florida. L3Harris has delivered more than 100 large deployable reflectors and continues to push the boundaries of space antenna technology.


 

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L3HARRIS’ VAMPIRE SYSTEM HELPS U.S. NAVY FILL UKRAINE’S COUNTER UAS GAP WITH SPEED AND AGILITY


MELBOURNE, Fla., Dec. 11, 2023 — L3Harris Technologies’ (NYSE:LHX) Vehicle Agnostic Modular Palletized ISR Rocket Equipment (VAMPIRE™) multi-purpose weapons systems are having an immediate impact in Ukraine’s wartime efforts.


“Early customer reports say VAMPIRE is already having a positive effect in Ukraine thanks to the U.S. Navy’s ability to respond with ‘unprecedented speed and agility," said Jason Lambert, President, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, L3Harris. “As adversary tactics evolve, our customers rely on us to anticipate, design and rapidly deliver reliable mission capabilities. We’ll continue partnering with the Department of Defense to field critical capabilities that will help save lives.”


VAMPIRE enables Ukrainian ground forces to target and destroy enemy drones and defend against adversary ground threats. L3Harris designed the system to deliver advanced reconnaissance and precision strike capabilities to protect Ukrainian civilian infrastructure from enemy attacks.


L3Harris completed installation and delivery of all systems, in support of Ukrainian defense efforts, on time to DoD.


VAMPIRE’s mission management system integrates an advanced company WESCAM MX™-10 RSTA targeting sensor with its weapons station, allowing an operator to engage targets quickly and accurately. It combines affordability with accuracy from the Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System rocket, selected specifically for use in Ukraine, which will incorporate L3Harris’ proximity fuze for increased system lethality for engaging ground and aerial targets.


 

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AEROJET ROCKETDYNE TEAMS WITH INDIAN HEAD NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER TO MAXIMIZE SOLID ROCKET MOTOR DOMESTIC PRODUCTION​


INDIAN HEAD, Md., Jan. 8, 2024 – Aerojet Rocketdyne, an L3Harris Technologies [NYSE:LHX] company, and Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division (NSWC IHD) have signed a multi-year agreement to increase production for solid rocket motors for key national defense programs.


“This agreement offers a reliable supply chain solution to our nation’s solid rocket motor production needs,” said Ross Niebergall, President, Aerojet Rocketdyne. “Working in coordination with our government partners, we’re increasing our production capability to meet today’s growing demand and to prepare for any surge in support of near peer conflicts.”


The ten-year agreement lays the foundation for an innovative public-private partnership with the U.S. Navy to meet the demand surge for solid rocket motors necessary to fulfill urgent national security needs, establishing a pathway for NSWC Indian Head to become a qualified partner with Aerojet Rocketdyne to perform certain motor manufacturing processes.


“The Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division has repeatedly answered the call and supplied our warfighters with the best weapons, tools and equipment needed to win the fight and bring them home safely. The signing of this P3 Agreement is further proof of that,” said Capt. Steve Duba, Commanding Officer, NSWC IHD. “I am proud of the strategic work being done to strengthen the arsenal and meet the Navy’s demand signal.”


“NSWC IHD is the Navy’s Arsenal, and as such, has a rich history of advancing state of the art and providing comparative advantage to naval munitions and naval warfighting capability,”
said Ashley Johnson, Technical Director, NSWC IHD. “This partnership will only bolster that capability through the production of solid rocket motors.”


 

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SPACE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY AWARDS L3HARRIS $919 MILLION CONTRACT TO BUILD SATELLITES FOR MISSILE TRACKING PROGRAM​


MELBOURNE, Fla., Jan. 16, 2024 — L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) received a contract with a potential value of up to $919 million to design and build 18 infrared space vehicles for the Space Development Agency’s (SDA) Tranche 2 (T2) Tracking Layer program that will provide near-global missile warning and tracking coverage.


“Space remains a growth engine, and we are well positioned to provide innovative solutions after having made significant investments in technology for space vehicles, payloads and ground software,” said Christopher E. Kubasik, Chair and CEO, L3Harris. “The SDA’s latest decision is another example of L3Harris listening to customers, knowing the threats and delivering value for stakeholders while supporting our country.”


L3Harris designed the missile defense solutions to support the U.S. military’s ongoing effort to build a robust constellation of satellites to protect against a new generation of hypersonic weapons that have increased speed, unpredictable flight trajectories and faint heat signatures.


The company’s technology will also support preliminary fire control capability for the SDA’s Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA).


In advance of this T2 Tracking Layer program win, L3Harris designed, developed and built four satellites in less than three years for the SDA’s Tranche 0 (T0) Tracking Layer program. Those T0 satellites will launch together with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor (HBTSS) satellite. With an anticipated launch in early 2024, the DoD will be able to warn, track and target advanced threats concurrently by launching the T0 and HBTSS satellites together.


L3Harris is also building a 16-vehicle satellite constellation for SDA’s Tranche 1 Tracking Layer program, which follows the T0 Tracking Layer capabilities with targeted technology enhancements, expanded coverage, increased integration and greater production efficiencies, which will begin to build out the operational space-based constellation and be used to inform future capabilities of the PWSA.


 

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L3HARRIS AND EDGE OPEN NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY IN UAE TO SUPPORT WESCAM MX-SERIES CUSTOMERS


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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 1, 2024 — L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX), in collaboration with EDGE, the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) leading advanced technology group for defense, opened a new WESCAM Authorized Service Center (WASC). The state-of-the-art WASC emphasizes L3Harris’ commitment to invest in its growing customer-care ecosystem and establishes a foundation for localized, self-reliant national defense capabilities among its customers.


Managed and operated by expert, locally-trained UAE nationals, the enhanced 42,000-square-foot service facility will be equipped with the tooling, resources and technology required to service WESCAM MX™ Series EO/IR systems operated by the UAE’s Armed Forces and other regional customers. Combined with EDGE’s in-country experience and mission execution, the facility will increase customer operational availability and minimize maintenance turn-around times.


“The opening of a new UAE WESCAM Authorized Service Center is a tremendous opportunity to expand our services and support the defense capabilities of our customers worldwide,” said David Johnson, Vice President, International, L3Harris. “L3Harris continues to invest in localization and in providing unparalleled service support for its most advanced technologies.”


L3Harris will work closely with EARTH, an entity within EDGE, and its Electro-Optical Centre of Excellence (EOCE), one of the world’s leading EO/IR imaging and targeting sensor systems service facilities. The opening fulfills L3Harris’ commitment to enhance the UAE’s service capabilities and establishes a long-term partnership in the region.


 

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AEROJET ROCKETDYNE TARGET ENABLES SUCCESSFUL U.S. MISSILE DEFENSE TEST


Melbourne, Fla., Feb. 09, 2024 – Aerojet Rocketdyne, an L3Harris Technologies [NYSE:LHX] company, provided the Medium Range Ballistic Missile (MRBM) target used in the Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) successful test aimed at strengthening U.S. missile defense technologies.


The test, designated as FTX-23, used two Aegis ships and the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex to perform target scene data collection of an MRBM with countermeasures. The test also included the firing of a Standard Missile-3 Block IIA (SM-3 Blk IIA) against the same medium range ballistic missile target, to verify additional functionality of the SM-3 Blk IIA.


“By providing a high-fidelity target our team helped ensure the MDA’s test program provided a realistic threat environment,” said Ross Niebergall, President, Aerojet Rocketdyne. “The MRBM target and C-17 cargo aircraft launch system enable streamlined operations in remote locations worldwide, essential to highly-effective, missile defense system testing.”


MRBM Type 1 and Type 2 targets are designed, manufactured and launched by Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Coleman site. In addition to the actual target vehicle, Aerojet Rocketdyne provides integrated logistics support, including inventory storage and maintenance, pre- and post-mission analysis, launch preparation, launch execution and engineering services.


The successful mission marks Aerojet Rocketdyne’s 38th launch in support of the U.S. missile defense program.


 

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US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE LAUNCHES L3HARRIS MISSILE TRACKING SATELLITES


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MELBOURNE, Fla., Feb. 14, 2024 — Five missile tracking satellites L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) designed and built successfully launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, as part of the Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor (HBTSS) program and the Space Development Agency’s (SDA) Tranche 0 (T0) Tracking Layer program.


L3Harris’ HBTSS satellite is an on-orbit prototype demonstration that can track maneuvering hypersonic missiles flying beyond the range of today’s ballistic missile detection capabilities. The other four infrared satellites will support SDA’s Tracking Layer, which will demonstrate global indications, warning, tracking and targeting of advanced threats such as hypersonic missiles.


“Our advanced satellites on orbit will bring the integrated and resilient missile warning and defense capabilities the U.S. requires against adversaries developing more advanced maneuverable missiles,” said Christopher E. Kubasik, Chair and CEO. “L3Harris delivered this advanced missile tracking capability on behalf of MDA and SDA on orbit in just over three years after work was authorized to proceed. We are proud to be a critical part of the new space sensing architecture.”


This combined launch also supports SDA’s Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture by integrating missile tracking and missile defense sensors. The Department of Defense will use a common set of data to adjust and modify the capabilities for the SDA’s Tranche 1 and 2 Tracking Layer constellation. Earlier this year, L3Harris received a $919 million contract to develop an 18-vehicle constellation for the SDA’s Tranche 2 Tracking Layer satellite program.


 

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