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L-3 Communications Wins Locomotive Event Recorder Contract From GE Transportation Systems

  : Tuesday December 14, 1999

L-3 is capitalising on emerging recorder market for locomotives, ships and military reconnaissance

L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) announced today that its Electrodynamics business unit has been awarded a contract by GE Transportation Systems of Erie, PA to supply integrated event recorders for installation on 9-40 CW locomotives to be produced for the Norfolk Southern Railway Company.

Norfolk Southern is a Class I railroad, providing freight transportation in the Southeastern and Midwest United States. This contract provides event recorders for 140 locomotives to be produced by GE Transportation Systems in 2000 and facilitates the opportunity for follow-on orders.

"Our locomotive recorders have proven to be a highly reliable and cost effective extension of our crash survivable aircraft recorder products," said John Kravcik, president of L-3 Electrodynamics. "We are pleased that GE Transportation Systems has once again selected our team to provide the solution for their locomotive event recorder requirements."

Mr. Kravcik continued, "It is very clear that the rail transportation market is moving toward more survivable equipment and we are perfectly positioned to supply the industry with state-of-the art survivable recorders."

Electrodynamics' event recorder digitally stores locomotive performance data that can later be retrieved for mishap analysis and evaluation of locomotive operating performance for maintenance and planning purposes.

The event recorder is another area in which L-3 Communications demonstrates its leadership in aviation recorder technology and expertise. L-3 has supplied over 45,000 aviation recorders to the industry and is the premier supplier for aircraft worldwide. In addition, L-3 has introduced state-of-the art recorder technology for military aircraft, including S/TARTM, a high capacity solid state recorder designed for the severe environment requirements of the airborne reconnaissance arena. Another key emerging market is the shipboard recorder and L-3 is currently pursuing new business opportunities in the maritime market.

Electrodynamics, Inc., a subsidiary of L-3 Communications based in Rolling Meadows, IL, provides safe and arm devices, airborne and locomotive data recorders, elapsed time indicators and fault indicators to military prime customers and the locomotive industry.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications is a leading merchant supplier of secure communication systems and products, avionics and ocean systems, microwave components and telemetry, instrumentation, space and wireless products. Its customers include the Department of Defense, US government intelligence agencies, aerospace and defense prime contractors, foreign governments and commercial telecommunication and cellular customers.

To learn more about L-3 Communications, please visit the company's website at

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Except for historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements set forth above involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from any such statement, including the risks and uncertainties discussed in the company's Safe Harbor Compliance Statement for Forward-looking Statements included in the company's recent filings, including Forms 10-K and 10-Q, with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Cynthia Swain Vice President, Corporate Communications L-3 Communications 212-697-1111 or
Charles Prager National Sales Manager L-3 Electrodynamics 847-259-0740 or
Morgen-Walke Associates Gordon McCoun, Eric Boyriven
Media Contacts: Brian Maddox, Claudia Moscarella 212-850-5600

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