Orders for L3 Wescam’s MX series of electro-optic/infrared turrets continue to flow this year, boosting the business to a record first-quarter high of $120 million. This follows the company’s most successful year ever in 2018, when more than $500 million of orders was received.
Orders to equip unmanned systems continue to drive up the order book. The company recently received an order for 47 MX-8 turrets from DrabPol Automotive for installation on a new fleet of E-310 Orlik UAVs for the Polish army. Another contract was received for the MX-10D turret for the RQ-7B Shadow UAVs of the U.S. Army. This indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract is valued at up to $454 million.
More than 4,600 MX-series turrets have been delivered, serving on 210 platforms with 400 customers in 85 countries. The systems have been supplied for manned and unmanned air platforms, including aerostats, fixed and mobile land applications, and in the maritime domain.
Wescam's global in-service support network continues to grow alongside sales. The most recent addition to the network is an authorized service center in South Korea to support domestic customers and those in the surrounding region.