Our History

BUILT ON MORE THAN A CENTURY OF INNOVATION

L3Harris is one company with common goals, shaped by a rich history of innovation — ready to fast forward to the future.
OUR HISTORY

BUILT ON MORE THAN A CENTURY OF INNOVATION

L3Harris is one company with common goals, shaped by a rich history of innovation — ready to fast forward to the future.

L3Harris has its roots in both the entrepreneurial spirit of the Industrial Revolution and the earliest days of the space program.

L3Harris’ heritage is drawn from two companies – one with a proud history of more than a century of technology and communications leadership (Harris Corporation) and a younger company (L3 Technologies) comprised of some of the most successful aerospace and defense contractors in history.

History of Harris Corporation
In 1895, Alfred Harris disrupted the printing industry problem by creating a faster printing press, establishing the Harris Automatic Press Company in Niles, Ohio. Harris built on that early innovation by evolving in the following decades into an electronic communications provider. As the space race accelerated, Harris acquired Radiation Inc., and became a leader in miniaturized electronic tracking and pulse code technology. After relocating to Melbourne, Florida, in the 1970s, Harris Corporation transformed itself into a global communications and information technology company.

History of L3 Technologies
L3 Technologies was created in 1997 as L-3 Communications, named for the three initials of founders Frank Lanza and Robert LaPenta in partnership with Lehman Brothers. Lanza and LaPenta previously served in executive roles at Loral Corporation and Lockheed Martin, respectively. L3 was created through the divestiture of business segments following the merger of Lockheed Corporation and Martin Marietta – business segments that had originally been part of Loral Corporation and had been acquired by Lockheed in 1993. Under Lanza’s leadership, L3 experienced massive growth through 100+ acquisitions in its first 19 years. The company changed its name to L3 Technologies in 2016 to more accurately describe its wider scope.

All Together Now – Becoming L3Harris
In 2019, Harris and L3 combined complementary strengths in a merger of equals to form L3Harris Technologies, Inc. L3harris is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 48,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.

Innovation is the foundation of our history and the forefront of our future together.

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