L3 First Company to Receive New FAA Certification for Aviation Night Vision Goggles
LONDONDERRY, N.H., January 24, 2017 – L3 Warrior Systems – Insight Technology (L3 Insight Technology) announced today that it has received the first Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Technical Standard Order (TSO)-C164a authorization for its M949 Aviation Night Vision Goggle (ANVG). L3 is the first company to receive this authorization, which standardizes quality and safety specifications for ANVGs.
“It is a great honor to be the first and only company at this time approved to manufacture night vision goggles under the new FAA TSO-C164a standard,” said Todd Stirtzinger, President of L3 Insight Technology. “We hold our products to the highest safety standards, and we are proud to work with the FAA to move the night vision industry forward and ensure all goggles used by commercial pilots meet the same rigorous standards.”
The M949 is a helmet-mounted binocular night vision goggle that provides pilots with an image-intensified view outside of the aircraft during nighttime and adverse weather conditions. It is available with green or white phosphor image intensification tubes. Under the new TSO-C164a standard, the FAA has certified the availability of white phosphor goggles to commercial pilots, subject to operational approval.
The TSO certification process was an 18-month effort between L3, the FAA and Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU). ASU worked closely with the FAA to gain flight approval of L3’s white phosphor M949 ANVGs in advance of the TSO Authorization, as well as working with L3 Insight Technology to ensure maintenance manuals complied with the new TSO-C164a authorization.
L3 Warrior Systems develops and manufactures fully qualified, advanced night vision and electro-optical systems and components for the United States military, law enforcement, first responder agencies and allied nations across the globe. An original and qualified manufacturer of night vision imaging technology, L3 Warrior Systems uses the latest in thermal, image intensifier and fusion technologies to provide an extensive portfolio of products that enables optimal performance during the day, at night and in adverse weather. L3 Warrior Systems is committed to the quality, reliability and supportability of all its fielded systems. To learn more, please visit www.L3T.com/warriorsystems.
Headquartered in New York City, L3 Technologies employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms. L3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training. The company reported 2015 sales of $10.5 billion. To learn more about L3, please visit the company’s website at www.L3T.com .
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