L3 and Harris completed their merger in July 2019, making the combined entity one of the ten largest arms companies in the world.

L3 (prior to merger)

Describes itself as a “a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms.” (company website)

Harris (prior to merger)

Its activities are divided into “four business segments: Communication Systems, Space and Intelligence Systems, Electronic Systems and Critical Networks” (company website).

In the field of avionics, Harris’ systems are integral to several US combat aircraft including the F-22, F/A-18E/F and F-35 (company website). It also manufactures bomb-release mechanisms for the F-35 combat aircraft and Reaper drone (company website).

Amongst many other areas of work, Harris is active in electronic warfare and battlefield management, manufactures night-vision equipment for soldiers and is involved in space-based war capability: Harris “helps the United States gain, maintain and exploit space superiority” (company website).


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