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L-3 Communications Remains the Largest Supplier of Air Force Satellite Control Network Connectivity; AIM Goes Gold with 100th System.

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 10, 2001

L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) announced today that its Storm Control Systems (L-3 Storm) division delivered its 100th Automated Remote Tracking Station (ARTS) Interface Module (AIM). The AIM product leads the industry in providing flexible off-the-shelf connectivity between mission control centers and the U.S. Air Force's worldwide network of antennas, known as the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN). L-3 Storm's presence and stability in the market was expanded and proven in a year which saw fielded AIM units increase almost 50 percent.

"As part of our overall product offering, we have been providing state-of-the-art AFSCN connectivity to the industry for five years, and we have become the recognized market leader," said John McDaid, director of business development for L-3 Storm Control Systems. "We support a broad range of customers who use our AIM product to control tracking station equipment and to transmit satellite commands. AIM allows them to economically utilize the Government's 30-year investment in the Air Force's remote tracking system."

Since its first AIM delivery in 1995, L-3 Storm has been able to offer the Government and its contractors the cost-savings of buying commercial products that provide the most proven and powerful AFSCN interface on the market. End-users and customers include the United States Air Force, the National Reconnaissance Office and the Naval Research Laboratory as well as these organizations' aerospace prime contractors.

The product has supported a wide range of satellite command and control programs in varied installations and locations nationwide. AIM and L-3 Storm's AIM Control Module (ACM) software can be used with existing control systems or can be installed as part of a turnkey L-3 Storm satellite control system. Both products reduce the cost of access to the AFSCN and enable the most cost-constrained missions to make use of the Air Force's remote tracking station antennas.

Storm Control Systems, located in Herndon, VA, is a unit of L-3's Telemetry & Instrumentation division. Storm offers end-to-end solutions for spacecraft command and control, payload processing, satellite integration, network management and remote equipment control. Storm solutions are characterized by the ability of a single system to control constellations comprised of several different types and models. Customers include the U.S. Air Force, Boeing Satellite Systems, EarthWatch, Inmarsat, Raytheon, several Lockheed Martin divisions, Space Systems/Loral, TRW, Orbital Sciences, Loral Orion and Telespazio. To learn more about L-3 Storm, please visit the company's Web site at www.storm.com.

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 and its Telemetry & Instrumentation division, please visit the company's Web site at www.L-3Com.com.

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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