L-3 Receives $21M Order for US TSA Airport Scanners (See in Action)

L-3 Communications has received an order from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for its ProVision® 2 next-generation security scanners for primary passenger screening at airports across the United States. The value of the award is more than $21 million.

“We’re pleased that the TSA has chosen L-3’s ProVision 2 as part of its strategy to enhance checkpoint security and the airline passenger experience,” said Michael T. Strianese, L-3’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

“We are committed to building on our long-term relationship with the TSA and to continue investing in research and development initiatives that yield security innovations and meet performance requirements.”

Deployed at approximately 200 U.S. airports, the ProVision platform is the industry’s leading solution for safe and efficient advanced personnel screening.

(Learn more about L-3 Security & Detection Systems’ ProVision® 2, courtesy of L-3 and YouTube)

The ProVision® 2

  • TSA approved
  • EU Standard 1 & 2 CEP approved
  • Safe, efficient, image-free passenger screening solution
  • Reduced-sized version of widely deployed ProVision ATD
  • More than 1300 ProVision ATD and ProVision 2 systems have been procured worldwide by 250 airports and many non-aviation customers with deployments on six continents

The compact exterior design of the ProVision 2 fits into space-constrained checkpoint areas with low (2.4-meter/8-foot) ceilings.

The system enhances security at any checkpoint by delivering the same robust detection, high-throughput, image-free privacy, and safety as the widely deployed ProVision ATD system.

The passenger experience with the ProVision 2 is convenient, straightforward and efficient, requiring only a single stationary position during a 1.5-second scan.

The system does all the work for the customer and requires no special movements or motions.

ProVision 2 is an image-free solution and eliminates privacy concerns. Advanced software processes scanned data and automatically determines if the individual can be cleared through the checkpoint.

ProVision 2 offers customers an upgradeable technology platform that can be enhanced through software updates as new threats evolve or are introduced.


Automatic Target Detection (ATD)

  • Quickly screens passengers for a broad variety of aviation targets both metallic and non-metallic: weapons, standard and home-made explosives (sheet and bulk), liquids, gels, plastics, powders, metals, ceramics, and other objects
  • The system does all the work for the customer and no special movements or motions are required

High Throughput

  • A quick stationary-position scan (1.5 seconds) provides the data needed to assess an individual at a checkpoint.
  • Processes 200 – 300 people per hour depending on the application
  • Targeted search reduces need for time-consuming and intrusive pat-downs
  • Superior detection, high throughput, outstanding quality and reliability

Safe Technology

  • Uses safe millimeter radio wave (MMW) technology
  • Provision 2 does not use X-rays or any ionizing radiation

Preserving Privacy

  • Automatic target detection technology ensures passenger privacy by highlighting threats and anomalies using a generic mannequin that resembles a human outline.
  • Eliminates the review of images as data is privately processed by software without human intervention to determine if any threats are present

Compact Footprint

  • Fits in areas with 8-foot ceilings

This order brings the U.S. aviation installed base to approximately 1,000 systems, with nearly 2,000 ProVision systems used at airports and other security screening checkpoints worldwide.

Work on this contract will be done by L-3’s Security & Detection Systems division, which is part of the Aviation Products & Security sector within the Electronic Systems business segment.

Michael T. Strianese, L-3’s Chairman & CEO
Michael T. Strianese, L-3’s Chairman & CEO

Also, in December of 2016, L-3 Communications announced that it will change its name to L3 Technologies, Inc., effective December 31, 2016.

The new name capitalizes on L-3’s strong brand equity, while better reflecting the Company’s evolution into a leading global provider of a broad range of technology solutions.

“Over the last 20 years, L-3 has established a strong reputation for performance, entrepreneurial spirit and delivering value,” said Michael T. Strianese, commenting on the announcement.

“We have grown our portfolio of market-leading technologies and expanded our global reach while maintaining the agility, engineering expertise and integrity that support our customers’ success.”

“As L3 Technologies, we will deliver the same level of service and excellence that our customers have come to expect from us as we position the Company for continued growth and value creation for our shareholders.”

L3 TechnologiesHeadquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms.

L-3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training.