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Montréal, May 6, 2009 - L3 MAPPS has received authorization from AREVA NP to proceed with the development of an engineering simulator based on the Flamanville 3 (FA3) EPR™ design. This is part of the continuing services L3 MAPPS provides to AREVA’s Real-Time Simulation Centre in Paris and closely follows the Olkiluoto 3 EPR Engineering Simulator which was put into service by L3 MAPPS at AREVA’s Erlangen, Germany test facility in October 2008. The FA3 Engineering Simulator is expected to be delivered at the end of 2010.

“We appreciate AREVA’s confidence,” said Michael Chatlani, vice president of marketing & sales for L3 MAPPS Power Systems and Simulation. “In addition to our cooperation with AREVA on full scope simulators in China and Finland, engineering simulators in France and Germany, we are delighted to make another contribution with the FA3 Engineering Simulator project.”

Key technical highlights for the FA3 Engineering Simulator are:

  • the instrumentation and control (I&C) and human-machine interface (HMI) for the distributed control systems (DCS)—AREVA’s Teleperm XS for the safety systems and the Siemens T2000 for the operational I&C—will be simulated using L3 MAPPS technology,

  • a second phase to incorporate CATHARE, a thermal-hydraulic computer engineering code for nuclear
    power plant safety analysis.

The FA3 Engineering Simulator configuration will operate on the same L3 MAPPS technology and platform used by three other simulator configurations for French-designed reactors (CP2 (900 MWe, 3-loop), DPY (1,300 MWe, 4-loop) and N4 (1,450 MWe, 4-loop)) at AREVA’s Real-Time Simulation Centre.

As part of the French electricity group EDF’s fleet development, AREVA is supplying the nuclear steam supply system for the 1,650-megawatt EPR reactor at Flamanville in Manche, France. AREVA’s EPR is a Pressurized Water Reactor based on an evolutionary design which draws upon 40 years of technological development.

AREVA, a world leader in nuclear power and the only company to cover all industrial activities in this field, has manufacturing facilities in 43 countries and a sales network in more than 100. AREVA offers technological solutions for CO2-free power generation and electricity transmission and distribution.

L3 MAPPS, a division of the L-3 Marine & Power Systems group, has over 25 years of experience in pioneering technological advances in the marine automation field and over 35 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.

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Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs over 66,000 people worldwide and is a prime 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 2008 sales of $14.9 billion

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