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Business Jet Missionization: Decades of Experience

Global leader in business jet ISR aircraft engineering, integration and CLS

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Unmatched, industry-leading 98.4% on-time delivery rate
Aircraft Modernization
Extensive modification and missionization experience on multiple business jet platforms
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Prime contractor for mission system integration for the Presidential aircraft fleet for the United States - trusted to rapidly deliver “no-fail” communications 24/7
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Portfolio with more than 200 Supplemental Type Certificates on commercial aircraft, leveraging its self-protection and antenna integration and installation services to reduce cost and schedule for our customers
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More than 800,000 labor hours designing, building, integrating, testing and certifying Bombardier mission systems
More than 20 bizjet platforms from three OEMs currently in modification
Redesigned, tested and certified seven unique military commercial derivative aircraft in past 10 years

Design, integration and fielding:

  • U.S. Army Airborne Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare System (ARES)
  • U.S. Army High Accuracy Detection and Exploitation System (HADES) Multi-Domain Sensing System (MDSS)
  • U.S. Air Force Compass Call Cross Deck
  • Royal Australian Air Force MC-55A Peregrine
  • Italian Air Force Joint Airborne Multi-Mission Multi-Sensor System
  • Dassault Falcon 2000 ISR Platform
  • UK Sentinel Airborne Stand-Off Radar (ASTOR)

Decades of Expertise

Our business jet support includes platform modernization and fielding solutions to meet the ever-increasing complexities of ISR collection. For example, we’ve applied more than 800,000 labor hours designing, building, integrating, testing, and certifying mission systems on the Bombardier Global series.

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.

L3Harris has extensive experience with Models Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) to improve traceability to system level requirements, reduce errors and defects, improves efficiency, reduce cost, and simplify collaboration and reuse. 

Unlike traditional data-driven documentation, these digital models also allow for virtual prototyping of systems and physics-based simulation. When combined with Agile program processes allow for far more customer/operator feedback early in design phases- resulting in accelerated development schedules and reduced cost to fielding.

In addition to our industry-leading digital engineering practices, L3Harris leverages years of experience with Modular Open System Architectures (MOSA). As a non-traditional Prime integrator, we have designed, fielded, and sustained dozens of platforms leveraging best in class avionics, sensors, radios, datalinks and other mission systems regardless of manufacturer, and without vendor lock. We have invested heavily in modern MOSA systems to ensure compatibility with DOD standards such as Open Mission Systems and Future Airborne Capability Environment, but more importantly understand and embrace the intent of MOSA. We have demonstrated capability to rapidly integrate complex systems using readily available commercial-off-the-shelf components and interfaces to reduce schedule and cost, while remaining Agile and non-rigid in our approaches to MOSA designs.

Featured News

Advanced Battle Management System

Press release | 09. 16. 2022

L3Harris Selected As Member of Department of the Air Force Advanced Battle Management System Digital Infrastructure Consortium

The U.S. Department of the Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office selected L3Harris Technologies as one of five industry partners chartered to design, develop and deploy the digital infrastructure that will enable advanced battle management and command-and-control capabilities for the Air Force and Space Force.

Advanced Battle Management System

Press release | 09. 16. 2022

L3Harris Selected As Member of Department of the Air Force Advanced Battle Management System Digital Infrastructure Consortium

L3Harris reached an agreement with Calidus Aerospace LLC to produce mission equipment for UAE's B-250 aircraft.

Trade Release | 11. 15. 2021

L3Harris to Produce Mission Equipment for UAE’s B-250 Aircraft

Advancing US Army Airborne ISR Capabilities with ARES and HADES

Editorial | 10. 06. 2021

Advancing US Army Airborne ISR Capabilities with ARES and HADES

L3Harris Nexus

Trade Release | 10. 06. 2021

L3Harris Completes First Flight of New Air Force Electronic Warfare Aircraft

U.S. Army Airborne Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare System (ARES) completes first flight from L3Harris Technologies' Waco, Texas aircraft modification facility.

Trade Release | 08. 27. 2021

L3Harris Completes First Flight of Next-Generation Army ISR Solution

Teaming Related News

Sky Warden

Press release | 05. 06. 2021

L3Harris Technologies and Air Tractor Announce Sky Warden™ ISR Strike Aircraft

L3Harris Technologies and Air Tractor have teamed to produce the AT-802U Sky Warden™, an affordable, production-ready aircraft designed for airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and other missions in extreme combat environments.

Sky Warden

Press release | 05. 06. 2021

L3Harris Technologies and Air Tractor Announce Sky Warden™ ISR Strike Aircraft

eFlyer

Trade Release | 04. 28. 2021

L3Harris Technologies and Bye Aerospace Team to Develop All-Electric Multi-Mission Aircraft

L3Harris Nexus

Trade Release | 10. 12. 2021

Citadel Completions and L3Harris Join Forces to Deliver Advanced Commercial-Class Aircraft Modifications

New SIGINT Technologies Add ISR Capabilities to Aircraft via Universal Pod

Editorial | 10. 08. 2020

New SIGINT Technologies Add ISR Capabilities to Aircraft via Universal Pod

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