L-3 Communications

Not to be confused with Level 3 Communications.
L-3 Communications Holdings Inc.
Traded as NYSE: LLL
S&P 500 Component
Industry Aerospace, Defense
Founded 1997 (1997)
Headquarters New York City, New York, United States
Key people
Michael T. Strianese
(Chairman, President and CEO)
Products AVCATT, numerous specialized components
  • Decrease US$ 12.629 billion (2013) [1]
  • US$ 13.146 billion (2012) [1]
  • Decrease US$ 1.258 billion (2013) [1]
  • US$ 1.351 billion (2012) [1]
  • Decrease US$ 778.0 million (2013) [1]
  • US$ 810.0 million (2012) [1]
Total assets
  • Increase US$ 14.009 billion (2013) [1]
  • US$ 13.791 billion (2012) [1]
Total equity
  • Increase US$ 6.098 billion (2013) [1]
  • US$ 5.543 billion (2012) [1]
Number of employees
>38,000 (2016)
Website L-3Com.com

L-3 Communications Holdings is an American company that supplies command and control, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C3ISR) systems and products, avionics, ocean products, training devices and services, instrumentation, space, and navigation products. Its customers include the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Government intelligence agencies, NASA, aerospace contractors and commercial telecommunications and wireless customers.

L-3 is headquartered in Murray Hill, Manhattan, New York City.[2]


L-3 (named for Frank Lanza, Robert LaPenta and Lehman Brothers) was formed in 1997 to acquire certain business units from Lockheed Martin. These units had belonged to Lockheed Corporation and Martin Marietta, which had merged three years before in 1993.[3]

L-3 has continued to expand through mergers and acquisitions to become one of the top ten U.S. government contractors.[4]

On November 4, 2010 L-3 issued a part purge notification to prevent future use of Chinese counterfeit parts, but did not notify its customers whose display systems suffered from much higher than expected failure rates.[5]



Business organization

As of 2016, L-3 is organized under three business segments:


Frank Lanza, CEO and co-founder, died on June 7, 2006. CFO Michael T. Strianese was named as interim CEO, and was appointed Chairman, President and CEO of the company on October 23, 2006.


Despite the similarity in naming, there is no corporate connection between L3 Communications and networking provider Level 3 Communications, whose name is often abbreviated "L3" in informal industry communication.


EOTech Defective Holographic Sights Lawsuit

In 2015, L-3 Communications agreed to pay $25.6 million to settle a lawsuit with the U.S. Government. L-3 was accused of knowingly providing the U.S. military with optics that failed in extreme temperatures and humid weather conditions. These sights were provided to infantry and special operations forces operating in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as civilians and law enforcement. [16]

The civil fraud lawsuit was filed by Preet Bharara, in the Southern District of New York. The lawsuit alleged L-3 officials have known since 2006 that the holographic sights being sent to Iraq and Afghanistan failed to perform as advertised in extreme temperature ranges. The lawsuit alleges that the FBI independently discovered the thermal drift defect in March 2015 and presented EOTech with "the very same findings that the company had documented internally for years. Shortly thereafter, EOTech finally disclosed the thermal drift defect to DoD." According to court documents, EOTech had advertised that its sights performed in temperatures ranging from -40 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, and in humid conditions.[17]

In temperature extremes the sights exhibited thermal drift, which is when,[16] which is when the sight's point of aim differed from its point of impact.[16]|

John Bailey, director of marketing at EOtech said,

Thermal drift is basically when you go from ambient temperature to temperature extreme there is going to be a point of impact shift...We have realized that our sight could shift … in those extremes, -40 and 122 Fahrenheit.
John Bailey, "EOTech Breaks Silence over Defective Sights" military.com

The sights also suffered from reticle fading and parallax.

Federal contract suspension

In 2010 it was announced that L3's Special Support Programs Division had been suspended by the United States Air Force from doing any contract work for the US federal government. A US Department of Defense investigation had reportedly found that the company had, "used a highly sensitive government computer network to collect competitive business information for its own use." A US federal criminal investigation[18] ended the temporary suspension on July 27, 2010.

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 "L 3 COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS INC Current Report as of December 31, 2013 Form (8-K)" (XBRL). United States Securities and Exchange Commission. May 2, 2014.
  2. "Company Profile." L-3 Communications. Retrieved on March 10, 2010.
  3. "Robert V. LaPenta" L-1 Identity Solutions
  4. "2011 Washington Technology Top 100". Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  5. Rajghatta, Chidanand (30 March 2014). "Did IAF's 'US-made' C-130J Super Hercules that crashed have fake Chinese parts?". indiatimes.com. TNN. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  6. https://www.link.com/about/pages/history.aspx
  7. "L-3 Communications completes acquisition of PerkinElmer detection-systems business". VisionSystems Design. 18 Jun 2002. Retrieved 20 Jun 2016.
  8. http://www.thefreelibrary.com/L-3+Communications+Acquires+Ship+Analytics,+Inc.-a096647948
  9. "L-3 MAPPS Company details". naval-technology.com. Retrieved 8 Jan 2011.
  10. "." L-3 Communications. Retrieved on May 24, 2010.
  11. "." Retrieved on Nov 24, 2014.
  12. "Flight Training News advert".
  13. http://www.l-3com.com/media-center/press-releases.html?pr_id=2054036
  14. http://www.l-3com.com/press-release/l-3-acquires-macdonald-humfrey-automation-ltd
  15. Archived July 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  16. 1 2 3 "EOTech Breaks Silence over Defective Sights", Military.com, 21 January 2016. Retrieved on 8 November 2016.]
  17. "US Optic Maker Settles Lawsuit Over Defective Rifle Sights", Military.com, 02 December 2015. Retrieved on * November 2015.]]
  18. Hodge, Nathan, "Spotlight On Private Firms At Pentagon", Wall Street Journal, June 12, 2010, p. 4.

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Coordinates: 40°44′57″N 73°58′33″W / 40.7492°N 73.9757°W / 40.7492; -73.9757

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