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L-3 Wescam imaging sensors chosen for Spanish Disaster Response Unit EC135s

28th October 2008 - 06:40 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


L-3 WESCAM announced that it has been selected by Eurocopter to supply electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) imaging sensors for the Spanish Armed Forces' helicopters. The turrets, which will be used by the Disaster Response Unit (UME), will be delivered throughout 2008 and 2009.

"We are extremely pleased to be selected for the Spanish UME program and to continue our relationship with Eurocopter," said Paul Jennison, vice president of government sales and business development for L-3 WESCAM. "With MX-15i turrets already on their fleet of EC 135s, Eurocopter's selection of L-3 WESCAM underscores the essential role our MX-15 imaging technology plays in responding to today's emergency missions."

Vital to the UME for visual success in emergency situations, the MX-15i will be capable of 24/7 EO imaging and will provide operators with accurate geographical ground references - while automatically locating, pointing, tracking and focusing with minimal operator input. Furthermore, the turret will be configured with an integrated MCU which lends to an installed weight savings of up to 20 kg. This savings will enable response teams to allocate more weight to on-board emergency cargo, crew members and/or victims. Maintenance of these turrets will take place at Indra Sistemas, WESCAM's service depot in Madrid, Spain.

WESCAM's MX-15i technology will deliver class-leading range capability and provide real-time situational awareness of crisis situations caused by adverse weather phenomena such as floods, earthquakes, landslides and heavy snowfalls. The systems will also be used for forest fire surveillance.

L-3 WESCAM is a world leader in the design and manufacture of stabilized, multi-spectral airborne imaging systems. To learn more about L-3 WESCAM, please visit the company's web site at in New York City, L-3 Communications employs over 64,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in aircraft modernization and maintenance, C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of high technology products, subsystems and systems. The company reported 2007 sales of $14 billion.

To learn more about L-3, please visit the company's Web site at


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