L3Harris uses an advanced certification process combining requirements from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as well as the Air Force Advanced Policy Directives (AFPD) to quickly qualify Military Commercial Derivative Aircraft (MCDA).
L3Harris has held an FAA Organizational Designation Authority (ODA) since 1982, further streamlining the qualification and certification process. Our unique position as an ODA allows initial design, fabrication, and certification approval of aircraft modifications, engineering changes, and Supplemental Type Certificates for modification of civil registered aircraft or military aircraft maintained to civil standards. As a result, L3Harris has redesigned, tested, and certified seven unique MCDA-based ISR platforms over the last 10 years.
In addition to our ODA certification, L3Harris is an FAA Class 4 Unlimited Repair Station with all associated tooling, fabrication, and repair capability. Our facilities include nearly two-million square feet of climate controlled, government-certified hangar space, a world class paint facility, and more than 72,000 square feet of secure facilities giving L3Harris the capacity to complete all modifications and repairs without requiring additional government furnished space.
Our one-of-a-kind Multi-Sensor Test Facility includes a comprehensive anechoic chambers and live over-the-air testing from 1 MHz to 40 GHz in a 100,000 square mile FAA approved testing area, which enables rapid multi-discipline sensor certifications and calibrations, reducing schedule, cost, and flight hours required for final system calibration and certification.