L3 WESCAM to supply EO / IR imaging systems to USAF and RAAF


Canadian electro-optical / infrared (EO-IR) imaging systems manufacturer L3 WESCAM has received defence contracts, which have a cumulative value of more than $90m.

Under the contracts, the company will supply a range of MX-series EO / IR imaging systems to the US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

L3 WESCAM president Mike Greenley said: “With more than 3,600 MX products fielded and an installed base that spans 78 countries, L3 WESCAM remains a sought after, trusted and proven partner.”

The company will supply MX-20D EO / IR designating systems for installation on AFSOC's AC-130J Ghostrider aircraft.

The contract also covers additional package equipment, which includes a mission management console, robust communications suite, advanced fire control equipment and precision-guided munitions delivery capability.

L3 will equip each AC-130J with two MX systems, which will be a key component of the aircraft's modified Precision Strike Package.

"The company will supply MX-20D EO / IR designating systems for installation on AFSOC's AC-130J Ghostrider aircraft."

The AC-130J is a fourth-generation gunship that is intended to replace the ageing AFSOC fleet of AC-130U/W gunships and it will be used for close air support and air interdiction.

Additionally, the company will equip P-8A multi-mission maritime aircraft with MX-20 EO / IR imaging systems to support RAAF and US Navy missions.

The contracts also include supply of MX-10MS EO/IR maritime sensor system to the Royal Thai Navy for its Krabi Class offshore patrol vessels.


Image: The AC-130J Ghostrider taxis. Photo: courtesy of US Air Force photo / Chrissy Cuttita.