L-3 Klein to Provide Its S5900 Side Scan Sonar Systems for the Royal Canadian Navy’s

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SALEM, N.H., March 19, 2013 – L-3 Klein Associates, Inc. announced today that is has received a $4.3 million award from MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) of Canada to supply four of its S5900 side scan sonar systems and accessories for the Royal Canadian Navy's Route Survey System Life Extension (RSSLE) Program.

The RSSLE Program will provide required updates for certain subsystems of Canada's Integrated Survey and Inspection System (ISIS), operated in the Kingston-class Maritime Coastal Defense Vessels (MCDVs). The S5900, together with other updates, will provide the Canadian Armed Forces with extended in-service life-cycle support through the end of the planned operational life of the MCDV fleet (projected to at least 2025). The system will also provide improved seabed obstacle detection capability and a reduced risk of obstacle collision and tow body grounding during operations.

"We are extremely pleased by the award of this contract, as the Royal Canadian Navy's mine countermeasures capabilities are respected worldwide," said John Cotumaccio, president of L-3 Klein. "The selection of the S5900 side scan sonar by Canada, following on the heels of a contract from the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office for seven S5900 systems, solidly establishes the Klein S5900 as the COTS system of choice for mine-like object detection and classification, both domestically and internationally."

Route survey is an essential component of Canada's overarching naval mine countermeasures capability. As an additional benefit, the operational capabilities of the Route Survey System (RSS) make it ideal to provide underwater maritime domain awareness in support of other Canadian defense requirements.

The Klein S5900 is a commercial-off-the-shelf multi-beam side scan sonar with sensors and capabilities that are ideally suited to mine-like object detection. The sonar provides high-speed, high-resolution imaging for sea bottom mapping in detection and classification modes. The addition of Klein's gap filler sonar on the S5900 tow body provides coverage in the sonar nadir region, thus enabling single-pass, 100 percent bottom coverage that reduces survey times by 40 to 60 percent. The high background-to-shadow contrast ratio of the S5900 enhances bottom f eatures and target definition, while motion compensation in the advanced beam-forming technologies nullifies blurring caused by tow body motion.

L-3 Klein, a division of L-3 Marine & Power Systems, located in Salem, N.H., is a leading sensor technology provider that manufactures and designs high-resolution sonar systems, marine navigation systems, and radar-based security and surveillance systems. With over 40 years of experience, L-3 Klein's customers include commercial, government and military organizations; shipping and offshore oil companies and related support contractors; maritime facilities; academic institutions; and underwater vehicle manufacturers. To learn more, please visit the company's website at www.L-3com.com/Klein .

Comprising 25 operating companies, L-3 Marine & Power Systems (L-3 M&PS) is a worldwide leader in maritime automation and control, navigation, communications, dynamic positioning, and power distribution and conditioning for the U.S. Navy, allied foreign navies and commercial customers worldwide. L-3 M&PS also produces full-fidelity simulators for increased operator proficiency, resulting in safe operations for leading utilities and ship operators worldwide. With over 85 locations in 19 countries, L-3 M&PS is a cohesive, global partner with extensive capabilities and a proven track record in delivering the highest level of technology, service and integration. To learn more about L-3 Marine & Power Systems, please visit the company's website at www.L-3com.com .

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 51,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in C3 ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and  Reconnaissance) systems, aircraft modernization and maintenance, and national security solutions. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2012 sales of $13.1 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company's website at www.L-3com.com . 

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