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Press Release -- March 11th, 2014
Source: Level 3 Communications
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Northrop Grumman Contracts Level 3 to Deliver Network Services for U.S. Air Force Flight Simulation Training

Distributed Flight Simulator Program Requires Real-Time Network Connectivity and Performance to Conduct Virtual Aircraft Training Exercises

BROOMFIELD, Colo., March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced Northrop Grumman Corporation has selected the company to deliver network services as part of the defense contractor's multi-million dollar agreement with the U.S. Air Force to support their distributed simulation training network.

As part of the Distributed Mission Operation Network (DMON), Level 3 has connected more than 50 sites worldwide. The simulator network consists of mission training centers and network operations centers for the U.S. Air Force to conduct virtual combat training. The training center simulators transmit high-resolution images and training communications in real-time. From fighter jets to cargo planes, simulation training prepares pilot and crew for a range of missions and field challenges, including complicated maneuvers such as in-air refueling exercises.

Use of the distributed simulation network also provides multi-platform training for remote squadrons, dramatically increasing mission success rates and reducing mission incidents. The U.S. Air Force also relies on simulation training to reduce costly aircraft hours and conduct preparation missions that are prohibitively expensive with aircraft.

"The Level 3 network is incorporated into the distributed training solutions Northrop Grumman provides to the U.S. Air Force," said Edward Morche, senior vice president of East Region Enterprise and Government Markets for Level 3 Communication. "The U.S. Air Force benefits from the global reach and low-latency performance of the Level 3 network to deliver the highest-quality training experience and realize efficiencies across various training networks and programs both in the United States and abroad."

"At Northrop Grumman, we are pleased to leverage our longstanding relationship with Level 3 to deliver on our commitments to the U.S. Air Force," said Lisa Harris, Northrop Grumman's Program Manager for USAF Distributed Mission Operations Network. "Level 3 will provide fully redundant and secure, global network connectivity for the U.S. Air Force to conduct virtual training for pilots with the most advanced equipment and scenarios to ensure combat readiness."

Referred to as "Distributed Mission Operations Network 2.0," the renewal of the U.S. Air Force contract with Northrop Grumman was announced in July 2013. Under the initial DMON contract, announced in 2003, Level 3 has been providing Northrop Grumman with network services, such as Ethernet Private Line and Dedicated Internet Access, as part of two distinct network initiatives for the U.S. Air Force.

For more information on Level 3's advanced network and service offerings, visit www.level3.com/government.

About Level 3 Communications

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT) is a Fortune 500 company that provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Level 3's comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fiber and infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area Ethernet services; video and content distribution; data center and cloud-based solutions. Level 3 serves customers in more than 500 markets in over 60 countries across a global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents and connected by extensive undersea facilities. For more information, please visit www.level3.com or get to know us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Some statements made in this press release are forward-looking in nature and are based on management's current expectations or beliefs. These forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside Level 3's control, which could cause actual events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the statements. Important factors that could prevent Level 3 from achieving its stated goals include, but are not limited to, the company's ability to: manage risks associated with continued uncertainty in the global economy; increase revenue from its services to realize its targets for financial and operating performance; maintain and increase traffic on its network; develop and maintain effective business support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; avert the breach of its network and computer system security measures; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; manage the future expansion or adaptation of its network to remain competitive; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; manage continued or accelerated decreases in market pricing for communications services; obtain capacity for its network from other providers and interconnect its network with other networks on favorable terms; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; successfully integrate future acquisitions; effectively manage political, legal, regulatory, foreign currency and other risks it is exposed to due to its substantial international operations; mitigate its exposure to contingent liabilities; and meet all of the terms and conditions of its debt obligations. Additional information concerning these and other important factors can be found within Level 3's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important factors. Level 3 is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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