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L-3 WESCAM’s MX™-15D EO/IR Designating Turret Obtains Qualification from Bell Helicopter for the 407GT

Contact: Paul Jennison
Vice President, Government Sales and Business Development

Sara Chedgey
Marketing and Communications Manager
For Immediate Release

L-3 WESCAM’s MX™-15D EO/IR Designating Turret Obtains Qualification from
Bell Helicopter for the 407GT

BURLINGTON, Canada, March 5, 2013 – L‐3 WESCAM announced today that its MX™‐15D electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) designating turret has obtained Bell Helicopter’s qualification as an optional advanced targeting system for the Bell Helicopter 407GT.

The MX‐15D was tested extensively during live-fire operations at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in late 2012, culminating in the very successful demonstration of laser target designation for the BAE Systems Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System® (APKWS) guided rockets. The MX‐15D proved to be a very capable sensor suite, giving the Bell 407GT sensor operator a superior tool for long-range target identification and laser-guided weapon designation.

“We are pleased to be chosen as a key mission option for the Bell 407GT helicopter,” said Paul Jennison, vice president of government sales and business development for L-3 WESCAM. “The MX‐15D can be configured with up to nine sensors, which further complements the power and targeting capabilities of this highly advanced armed reconnaissance platform.”

“The MX‐15D gave us a very stable, long-range image,” said Mark Spencer, flight test engineer at Bell Helicopter. “With the different sensors – color, IR, low-light and SWIR – we found we could positively identify the target from a distance far outside the range of enemy small weapons fire. Additionally, during the APKWS testing, the laser spot was very stable and easy to hold onto the target, resulting in a perfect seven hits in seven shots. The GEO‐Pointing and See-Spot features also worked very well, leaving a grouping of impact points of less than two meters.”

L‐3’s MX‐15D is a multi‐sensor, multi‐spectral targeting system ideal for military operations, including medium-altitude covert intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, armed reconnaissance, CSAR and target designation missions. The MX‐15D is the only stabilized turret solution that enables customers to incorporate up to five separate digital imaging and four discrete laser capabilities into their configuration.

L-3 WESCAM is a world leader in the design and manufacture of stabilized, multi-spectral imaging systems. To learn more about L-3 WESCAM, please visit the company’s website at

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 51,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in C3ISR (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

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Posted 2013-03-05
Last Modified 2013-03-05 10:36