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L-3 Communications Receives $35 Million Contract Award for New Class of In-Line Encryptors.

- Company Now Taking Orders for First Release of Talon[TM] -

NEW YORK -- L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its Communication Systems-East (L-3 CS-East) division, a leading supplier of secure government communication products and systems, has been awarded a five-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract by the National Security Agency (NSA) to supply the Talon KOV-26 in-line network encryptor to the federal government, U.S. Military, and other approved customers. The not-to-exceed contract value is $35 million.

Certified by the NSA for Type 1 communications, Talon is a PCMCIA card that provides secure remote access at broadband data rates in a small package requiring no external power source. Talon is a high-speed alternative to the Remote Access Security Program (RASP), which is facing obsolescence.

Talon protects user data up to Top Secret /Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) and is compatible with the High Assurance IP Encryptor Interoperability Specification (HAIPE[TM] IS) protocol. Talon enables high-speed access to classified networks, or to other remote Talon users via the Internet through use of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) USB communication adapters. Talon includes a user-friendly graphical user interface that makes the security operation transparent to the end user.

The initial release of Talon supports 10/100 Ethernet, but will be software upgradeable to support 802.11 b/g wireless, V.90 dial-up modem, and RS-232 serial interfaces. This upgrade, planned for 1st quarter 2007, will add support for the Future Narrowband Digital Terminal/Secure Communications Interoperability Protocol (FNBDT/SCIP) voice and data protocol.

"As a portable crypto modern solution, Talon provides our customers a means to access and share sensitive information no matter where their travels take them," said Greg Roberts, President and Chief Operating Officer of L-3 CS-East. "This award is a testimony to our world class performance and reputation in secure communications."

L-3 CS-East, based in Camden, NJ, is a leading supplier and developer of Type 1 secure solutions with a broad portfolio of secure voice, data, and encryption products as well as critical enabling technologies including key management and embeddable encryption.

In addition to high assurance COMSEC, L-3 CS-East designs, develops, produces, and integrates communications systems and support equipment for space, ground, air and naval operations. L-3 CS-East is a division of L-3 Communications. To learn more about L-3 CS-East, please visit the division's web site at

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications is a leading provider of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems, secure communications systems, aircraft modernization, training, and government services. The company is a leading merchant supplier of a broad array of high technology products, including guidance and navigation, sensors, scanners, fuzes, data links, propulsion systems, simulators, avionics, electro optics, satellite communications, electrical power equipment, encryption, signal intelligence, antennas and microwave components. L-3 also supports a variety of Homeland Security initiatives with products and services. 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. Statements that are predictive in nature, that depend upon or refer to events or conditions or that include words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar expressions 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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