L3Harris: Tackling defence challenges

L3 Harris Technologies (L3 Harris) is an aerospace and defence company specializing in advanced defence and commercial technologies for mission-critical needs in space, air, land, sea and cyber domains.

Read how the company worked with CCC to deliver imaging products and services for surveillance, reconnaissance and search and rescue missions to the U.S. Military through our U.S. DoD Prime Contractor service.

About L3 Harris

L3Harris Technologies (L3Harris) is a global aerospace and defence technology company, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defence and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. With more than 3,000 Canadian employees, L3Harris is one of Canada’s largest and most diverse defence and security companies.

L3Harris offers multi-spectral imaging systems and has more than 4,700 fielded systems operating in over 80 countries. The company also offers electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) systems, with advanced manufacturing of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) components.

L3Harris has provided products and services in Canada for more than six decades. Its new $110 million (USD) 330,000-square-foot facility in Waterdown, Ontario, Canada addresses the growing demand for its WESCAM MX-Series electro-optical and infrared imaging technologies, creates cross-functional efficiencies across research and development, engineering, assembly and service.

The company has worked closely with CCC for over 25 years to supply products and services to the U.S. Department of Defense. It has also worked with federal and provincial governments, crown corporations and civilian industry, to support complex missions in defence, public safety, commercial aviation, law enforcement and environmental/remote sensing.

 Source: L3Harris

 Source: L3Harris

G2G contract with U.S. Army

In July 2020, L3Harris was awarded an eight-year, $380 million contract for its WESCAM MX-Series products and services to support global U.S. Army surveillance and targeting operations with the help of the Canadian Commercial Corporation.

The contract enabled upgrades and support for the U.S. Army’s robust installed base of fixed-wing, aerostat and unmanned platforms while supporting expanding Foreign Military Sales (FMS) requirements.

“Through this contract, our highly specialized optics and leading technologies can continue to meet the needs of emerging mission portfolios, including time-sensitive response operations,” said Sean Stackley, President, Integrated Mission Systems, L3Harris.

L3Harris’ WESCAM MX-Series of multi-sensor, multi-spectral, electro-optic and infrared (EO/IR) surveillance and targeting systems support intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and target acquisition missions from platforms across the air, land and maritime domains

L3Harris’ WESCAM MX-Series products have successfully supported U.S. Army aviation programs for more than two decades. WESCAM MX-Series systems have logged over 4 million hours of combat operations with the U.S. Army and continue to be a resource in on-going global intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.

G2G contract with U.S. Air Force

In 2022, the US Air Force awarded a $70 million contract to L3Harris through the Canadian Commercial Corporation to extend its logistics support for the service’s electro-optical infrared sensors. The contract required field-level repair, troubleshooting, and operator familiarization training services for the sensor system developed by L3Harris Technologies.

According to the company, this series of electro-optical infrared sensors offer day and night imaging capabilities even in adverse weather conditions. In the case of the U.S. Air Force, this technology is integrated into the AC-130 gunship fleet.

“Size, weight and power requirements are a key variable in choosing the best system to fit your mission portfolio,” L3Harris said on its website. “MX systems continue to leverage advancements in diverse optical, sensing, and processing technologies — resulting in the best performance per pound and best-in-class imagery.”

 Source: L3Harris

Other L3Harris successes

L3Harris has experienced incredible success in the defence industry including additional contracts with the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy.

About L3Harris

Source: L3Harris

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The Canadian Commercial Corporation is a federal crown corporation and is only the Canadian agency that offers commercial advocacy, collaborative project development, and international contracting expertise to help Canadian businesses secure contracts with foreign governments at the national, state, and municipal level.


Our International Prime Contractor is a fee-based program where we sign government to government (G2G) contracts with foreign government buyers for the sale of Canadian solutions. 

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Last updated: December 2022

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