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L-3 Electron Technologies, Inc. Awarded Propulsion System Contracts from Boeing

TORRANCE, Calif., May 10, 2011 – L-3 Electron Technologies, Inc. (L-3 ETI) announced today that it has been awarded three contracts from Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems for the delivery of its Xenon Ion Propulsion System, XIPS™. Boeing will incorporate the L-3 XIPS into three 702HP Ka-Band satellites that will make up the new Inmarsat-5 constellation. The XIPS systems will assist in satellite orbit insertion as well as perform all the north/south and east/west station-keeping functions throughout the life of the mission.

“L-3 ETI has an exceptional history of providing highly efficient and proven spacecraft propulsion systems to Boeing,” said Rafael Spears, vice president of electric propulsion products at L-3 ETI. “As the leading domestic provider of ion propulsion systems for both military and commercial spacecraft, we are extremely pleased to continue our successful relationship with Boeing on this important Inmarsat-5 program.”

Electric propulsion is a reliable spacecraft technology enabler for orbit insertion and will extend the program’s mission life. Boeing’s recent order for the three additional L-3 ETI propulsion systems leverages the performance of L-3’s XIPS hardware, with over 136 engines currently flying on various spacecraft platforms, including NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, which is scheduled to rendezvous with the asteroid Vesta in July of 2011 and the asteroid Ceres in 2015.

L-3 ETI is a leading provider of high-reliability products for space and defense customers. Its primary business area includes the manufacture of traveling wave tubes, electronic power conditioners, traveling wave tube amplifiers and electric propulsion systems for space and military applications. To learn more about L-3 ETI, please visit the company’s website at

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs approximately 63,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems, aircraft modernization and maintenance, and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2010 sales of $15.7 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company’s website at

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