L-3 is accused by media, NGOs, and specialist researchers of being involved in the production of cluster munitions banned by the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions . In July 2011, Danske Bank excluded L-3 from its investment domain based on the findings of research into L-3’s involvement in cluster munitions carried out by the independent advisor Ethix SRI Advisors. The Dutch PGGM Vermogensbeheer B.V. excluded L-3 for the same reason.
L-3 Fuzing and Ordnance Systems produces an electronic safety and arming device (ESAD) for use on cluster munitions. The ESAD is a key component of the M30 Guided MLRS rocket, a programme which will last minimum until the end of 2013. The ESAD is also described as a key component of the M30 cluster munition rocket, as it was developed first and foremost for use in this weapon. Marketing material from L-3 Communications describes the device as used on the unitary version of the GMLRS rocket as ‘a variant of the DPICM Round ESAD’.
In 2009, the United Arab Emirates ordered 780 M30 GMLRS rockets, each equipped with 404 M101 DPICM submunitions.
Another example of L-3’s involvement in cluster munitions is the marketing of the XM1162 self-destruct fuzes designed for cluster munitions. L-3 describes the fuze for use with 155 artillery ammunition and GMLRS rockets in order to “minimise battlefield duds by adding a self-destruct capability to the current DPICM” cluster munitions. The marketing material for the XM1162 was removed from the company website in 2010, but L-3 Communications has to date not confirmed having withdrawn the fuze from sale.