Airbus places order for L3’s MX-15 EO/IR imaging systems


Airbus Helicopters has placed an order with L3 Technologies’ WESCAM division for MX-15 electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) imaging systems.

The 37 units of EO/IR imaging systems will be installed on multiple fleets of H225M Caracal helicopters.

The systems will be installed in France before being delivered to two foreign governments for military deployment, L-3 stated.

L3 chairman and chief executive officer Michael T Strianese said: “This order expands L3’s international business base while creating a new market opportunity for our leading WESCAM products.”

The first batch comprising 19 MX-15 units will support a variety of missions, including search-and-rescue, aeromedical evacuation and assistance, and disaster relief.

The second batch of MX-15s will be delivered to provide a highly detailed, multispectral view of combat search-and-rescue, naval operations, medical evacuation, and military transportation efforts to mission operators.

According to L3, MX-15 can be configured with up to six imaging and lasing payloads, each of which is claimed to share the highest level of stabilisation.

"This order expands L3’s international business base while creating a new market opportunity for our leading WESCAM products."

The EO/IR imaging system’s sensor options include a high-definition (HD) thermal imager, colour low-light continuous zoom, daylight step zoom spotter, day/night spotter, laser rangefinder, and a laser illuminator.

L3 stated that MX-15 can be found on additional models of Airbus helicopters, including the H125 and UH-72A.

The H225M is a multi-role platform that enables military forces to deploy wherever and whenever needed.

The helicopter, with advanced night vision goggle compatibility, can be operated from ships and from land, even in icy conditions.


Image: Airbus Helicopters’ H225M Caracal in flight. Photo: courtesy of MilborneOne.