ST. LOUIS, 14 Dec., 2010. Electronics contract manufacturer LaBarge Inc. in St. Louis will continue building electronics assemblies for the U.S. Navy Aegis weapon system on guided missile cruisers and destroyers under terms of a $3.5 million contract announced Monday from General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products in Charlotte, N.C.
Aegis integrates the Navy's AN/SPY-1 radar, the Mk 41 Vertical Launching System, and a family of missiles with its own command and control system. Aegis also is the heart of the U.S. Navy's sea-based missile defense system, one of the first operationally deployed components of the nation's layered network of defenses against cruise and ballistic missile attacks. Aegis is a term from Greek mythology that means shield of Zeus.
LaBarge (NYSE Amex: LB) has manufactured a variety of high-performance electronic assemblies for the Aegis program for more than a decade. Production on this latest contract is expected to begin in May 2011 and continue through November 2011 at LaBarge's Huntsville, Ark., facility.