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Montréal, July 9, 2007 - L-3 Communications MAPPS (L3 MAPPS), a subsidiary of L-3 Communications, announced today that it is completing a major branding initiative. The software tools used in all of the company's product areas - Marine Systems and Simulation, Power Systems and Simulation and Space Systems and Simulation - will soon belong to the Orchid® family of products.

While L3 MAPPS and its integrated control system and simulator solutions are recognized worldwide, L3 MAPPS possesses a significant number of enabling software tools with disparate brand names that are used to develop its solutions. The software tools enjoy varied brand name recognition, with ROSE® the most visible of the brands. Given that L-3 MAPPS' customers and potential customers recognize that the company's enabling software tools are the best integrated tools in the industries that L3 MAPPS serves, the evolution to a single, premium brand name - Orchid® - makes sense.

L3 MAPPS has invested heavily in its software over the years and today its industry-leading software tools are widely recognized for their robustness, their ease of use and their compatibility with one another. The newly launched Orchid® branding initiative will take these attributes one step further by establishing a single, premium brand and an unprecedented standard of product integration for the company’s diverse software toolset.  Each of the tools will become easier to use as L3 MAPPS introduces common GUIs and functions into individual components, enabling users to easily move from one software tool to the next.

"The Orchid® brand embodies L3 MAPPS' software suite, as orchids populate every corner of the world and symbolize prestige, quality, beauty and perfection," noted Michael Chatlani, Vice President, Marketing & Sales, L3 MAPPS Power Systems and Simulation.

"L3 MAPPS has worked feverishly over the past two years to migrate the current toolset to the Orchid® family," added Rangesh Kasturi, Vice President, Marketing & Sales, L3 MAPPS Marine Systems and Simulation. "It was important to us that in re-branding our products, we also created an opportunity to provide our customers with even greater capability."

All Orchid® products will be compliant with recent third-party software versions, offering new and exciting features that will lead the way for a new generation of products. In addition, the current tools will include added functionality before they can adopt the Orchid® brand name.  More information on the introduction of the enhanced software suite to the markets that L3 MAPPS competes in can be found by selecting “Introducing Orchid®”at

L3 MAPPS has over 20 years of experience in pioneering technological advances in the marine automation field and over 30 years of experience in delivering high-fidelity power plant simulation to leading utilities worldwide. In addition, the company has more than three decades of expertise in supplying plant computer systems for Canadian heavy water reactors. L3 MAPPS also provides targeted controls and simulation solutions to the space sector.

To learn more about L3 MAPPS, please visit the company’s Web site at

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs over 63,000 people worldwide and is a prime system contractor in aircraft modernization and maintenance, C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of high-technology products, subsystems and systems. The company reported 2006 sales of $12.5 billion.

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

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Naval vessel control systems, land-based and on-board simulators and turnkey training solutions.


Real-time power plant simulators and simulator modernization for all plant types and CANDU plant computer systems.


Real-time simulators for robotic systems and satellites to support simulation-based design and operations / maintenance training.