L-3 Communications: Production of Cluster Munitions

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.[1] The Dutch PGGM Vermogensbeheer B.V. excluded L-3 for the same reason.[2]

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.[3] 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’.[4]

In 2009, the United Arab Emirates ordered 780 M30 GMLRS rockets, each equipped with 404 M101 DPICM submunitions.[5]

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for the XM1162 was removed from the company website in 2010, but L-3 Communications has to date not confirmed having withdrawn the fuze from sale.


[1] http://www.danskebank.com/en-uk/CSR/business/SRI/Pages/

[2] http://www.pfzw.nl/about-us/investments/responsible-investments/activities/Paginas/exclusions-of-companies.aspx

[3] http://www.dtic.mil/ndia/2007fuze/SessionIIIA/grilliot1400.pdf


[4] http://www.dtic.mil/ndia/2008gun_missile/6484KurtzWilliam.pdf

[5] http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/munitions/mlrs-g.htm