August 11, 2008

Local Company Gets $7.4 Million Contract to Build EMP Generator

l3-sign.jpg According to an August 5, 2008, press release from the U.S. Department of Defense, L-3 Services, Inc. recently received a $7.4 million contract from the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division "for the design, development, integration and production of a form, fit and function, environmentally sealed, state-of-the-art Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Pulser and its associated control system." The work is to be performed in San Leandro and is expected to be completed by August 2010.

Electromagnetic pulse is a side-effect of nuclear blast and it can be used to disable semiconductor-based electronics, which are in most current electronic products. The pulser will be used to test military systems' ability to survive EMP.

L-3 Services was one of the companies sued on June 30, 2008, by four former Abu Ghraib detainees who claimed that they were tortured by L-3 Services contractors working for the U.S. military in Iraq.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at August 11, 2008 11:49 PM | TrackBack
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