LaBarge gets Bell Helicopter contract

Feb. 21, 2011 at 11:10 AM

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Bell Helicopter has contracted Missouri's LaBarge Inc. for continued production of electronic assemblies for U.S. Marine Corps helicopters.

The contract is worth $3.8 million.

Work on the award for the H-1 upgrade program is performed at LaBarge's Huntsville, Ark., facility. It started in January and is expected to continue through June 2013 for the box-level assemblies.

LaBarge has supported the H-1 upgrade program since 2004.

Bell's UH-1N is being rebuilt and redesigned into the UH-1Y. Simultaneously, the Marine Corps' attack helicopters AH-1W is being rebuilt and redesigned into the AH-1Z.

LaBarge, Inc. is a broad-based provider of electronics to technology-driven companies in diverse markets. Earlier this month it announced Raytheon Missile Systems had awarded it a $2.2 million in contracts to continue to produce complex cable harnesses and electromechanical assemblies for the Miniature Air Launch Decoy program.

MALD is a low-cost, air-launched modular decoy vehicle that accurately duplicates the combat flight profiles and signatures of U.S. and allied aircraft. It weighs less than 300 pounds and has a range of approximately 500 nautical miles.

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