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L-3 Communications' Coleman Aerospace Launches Hera Target Missile.

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L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) announced today that Coleman Aerospace, a business unit of its Coleman Research Corporation (CRC) subsidiary, successfully launched its twenty-first Hera target missile marking its sixth target flight in support of the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) program. This Development Test/Operational Test was launched from Ft. Wingate, NM and flew more than 300 kilometers downrange to White Sands Missile Range (WSMR). Preliminary analysis of flight data indicates that performance of the target missile was successful.

For this exercise, Coleman Aerospace's modified ballistic reentry vehicle-1 (MBRV-1) -- which is the most sophisticated target of its kind in the industry -- emulated a short-range ballistic missile threat with a separated reentry vehicle. Hera can be configured with a variety of reentry vehicles to match evolving ballistic missile threats. It serves as a target for developmental testing of ballistic missile defense systems, including the Army's PAC-3 and Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) programs, and the Navy's Area Wide theater ballistic missile defense system.

Coleman Aerospace develops and produces Hera targets under the Consolidated Theater Targets Services (CTTS) contract with the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USASMDC) Ballistic Missile Targets Joint Project Office. This contract is managed by the Ballistic Missile Targets Joint Projects Office, which executes a consolidated targets program for the entire Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO), including range coordination and launch support services.

CRC, a subsidiary of L-3 Communications, is the Hera prime contractor. With headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, CRC provides simulation, targets for THAAD and National Missile Defense programs, and systems integration, engineering, and analytical services to government and commercial customers in the fields of launch systems, information technology and software engineering.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications is a leading merchant supplier of secure communications systems and products, avionics and ocean products, training products, microwave components and telemetry, instrumentation, space and wireless products. Its customers include the Department of Defense, selected US government intelligence agencies, aerospace prime contractors and commercial telecommunications and wireless customers.

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

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: 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.
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