L-3 buys aircraft cabin surveillance system

SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, August 7, 2003

August 7 , 2003

NEW YORK - L-3 Communications, which has provided cockpit voice recorders and flight data recorders to the aviation industry for years, has added aircraft cabin surveillance systems to its roster of product offerings.

The company recently bought nearly all of the assets of Flight Systems Engineering for an undisclosed price, obtaining the rights to a system that allows the cockpit crew to monitor the passenger cabins via remotely mounted cameras. When the cabin is dark, the crew can see passengers thanks to the camera switching to an infrared optical system.

Officials from L-3 expect the deal will boost sluggish aviation recorder sales for the company’s L3 Aviation Recorders business in Sarasota, Fla. Over the next five years, officials expect the market for cabin surveillance systems will hit the $400 million mark.

L-3 Communications is a defense and aerospace company, recording $4 billion a year in sales. It also offers products for the maritime industry.