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Australia Announces Intent to Provide Sole Source F/A-18 Training Contract to Raytheon and L-3 Communications.

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 19, 2003

The Commonwealth of Australia has announced it has entered into a Deed of Agreement with Raytheon Australia and L-3 Communications' (NYSE: LLL) Link Simulation and Training division to provide the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) with a modern F/A-18 Hornet Aircrew Training System (HACTS).

The HACTS program will provide high fidelity F/A-18 simulators, modern instructional systems and an advanced, open networking infrastructure that will support both individual and team training. This modern training system - which will be a major evolutionary leap forward in the RAAF's F/A-18 training realism and readiness - will accurately mirror theater-specific readiness training.

This advanced aircrew training system is planned to include at least three high fidelity, Link-built F/A-18 Tactical Operational Flight Trainers that can be networked to form an interoperable, synthetic combat environment.

The HACTS is being procured under the RAAF Hornet Upgrade Phase 2 program and is envisioned to support the entire RAAF F/A-18 training continuum.

Link Simulation and Training is a systems integration organization that delivers and supports training systems and equipment designed to enhance operational proficiency. Link's services include conducting front end analysis, simulator design and production, and field support. Link has its headquarters operation in Arlington, TX and other key bases of operation in Binghamton, NY, Orlando, FL, Broken Arrow, OK, and Phoenix, AZ.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications is a leading provider of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems and products, secure communications systems, aircraft modernization, training and government services, and is a merchant supplier of a broad array of high technology products. Its customers include the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, selected U.S. government intelligence agencies and aerospace prime contractors.

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


Except for historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements set forth above involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from any such statement, including the risks and uncertainties discussed in the company's Safe Harbor Compliance Statement for Forward-looking Statements included in the company's recent filings, including Forms 10-K and 10-Q, with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made, and the company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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