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L3 WESCAM to Supply MX-20 EO/IR Imaging Systems for US Navy & Australian P-8A Poseidon MPA

Naval Aviation News - USA, Australia
L3 WESCAM to Supply MX-20 EO/IR Imaging Systems for US Navy & Australian P-8A Poseidon MPA
L3 WESCAM announced today that it has recently won defense contracts valued at more than U.S. $90 million. The orders will provide a range of MX™-Series electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) imaging systems to global customers operating in the airborne and maritime domains. Key contracts include systems for the Royal Thai Navy, the United States Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force, the United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), and the United States Department of Homeland Security.
P 8A poseidon MPA ASW Patrol Squadron VP 45 Pelicans US NavyP-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft from Patrol Squadron 45 "Pelicans" based at NAS Jacksonville. Picture: US Navy
L3 was contracted to provide MX™-20 EO/IR imaging systems to the U.S. Navy for installation on a number of P-8A Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA). Procured to support both United States and Australian operations, the newly equipped P-8As will support worldwide naval missions conducted by the U.S. Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force. L3 WESCAM has a 20-year history of supporting the U.S. Navy’s MMA missions with MX systems operating on its legacy P-3 aircraft. Additionally, L3 has provided the global maritime patrol community with over 250 operational MX-15, MX-20 and MX-25 systems.

During the Paris Air Show 2015, Paul Jennison, Vice President of government sales and business development at Wescam told Navy Recognition "Only Wescam offers an imaging system like the MX-20D. It is very stable and very user-friendly. The MX-20 series offers precise geolocation and high magnification. For these reasons the MX-20 EO/IR system was chosen by many navies for their Maritime Patrol Aircraft such as the US Navy Poseidon and the French Navy ATL2".

Based on Boeing’s Next-Generation 737-800 commercial airplane, the P-8A offers advanced anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.