// About L-3 TRL
Telemetrix Research Limited was founded in 1983 in Tewkesbury. Richtec acquired the company in 1988 and renamed it TRL Technology Ltd (TRL). Through funded research and development contracts for military, satellite communication companies and government customers, the company grew from a turnover of £1.1 million in 1988 to £5.8 million in 1997.
During this period, the company operated as a technology development organisation, focusing on externally funded research and development as its main source of revenue. TRL received a number of significant contracts and in 1997, a strategic decision was made to exploit commercially its accumulated technology by shifting emphasis towards designing and producing products and systems, whilst still conducting externally funded research and development.
The company floated on the AIM in July 2004 as TRL Electronics plc. In August 2006 TRL Electronics plc was acquired by L-3 Communications and TRL was re-branded L-3 TRL Technology. The legal UK registered name of the company is still TRL Technology Limited.
L-3 TRL is a wholly owned UK subsidiary of the US Company L-3 Communications Group plc.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs over 64,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in aircraft modernisation and maintenance, C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems and government services.
L-3 is a leading merchant supplier of a broad array of high technology products, including guidance and navigation, sensors, scanners, fuses, data links, propulsion systems, simulators, avionics, electro optics, satellite communications, electrical power equipment, encryption, signal intelligence, antennas and micro-wave components. The company reported 2009 sales of $15.6 billion.