L-3 taps LaBarge for airport security equipment

ST. LOUIS, Mo., 8 March 2005. LaBarge, Inc. has been awarded a contract valued at $3.2 million by L-3 Communications Security and Detection Systems.

Mar 9th, 2005

ST. LOUIS, Mo., 8 March 2005. LaBarge, Inc. has been awarded a contract valued at $3.2 million by L-3 Communications Security and Detection Systems.

LaBarge will manufacture electronic equipment for an airline checked-baggage screening system that uses X-rays to detect the presence of explosives or other contraband. The agreement is in addition to a contract L-3 awarded the company last fall.

The equipment LaBarge manufactures is used in an X-ray screening system that is deployed at key international airports to automatically scan checked baggage for the presence of explosives that, if allowed inside the hull of an aircraft, could threaten the safety of airline passengers. The system also has been adapted for a U.S. rail passenger baggage screening pilot program.

LaBarge will perform the work at its Huntsville, Ark., facility. The company anticipates production to continue through December 2006.

The Security and Detection Systems subsidiary of L-3 Communications is a global provider of X-ray screening systems for numerous security applications that include: (1) aviation systems for hold baggage explosives detection, oversized baggage and checkpoint screening, (2) cargo and air freight screening, (3) port and border inspection, (4) and facility protection.

Security and Detection Systems' customer base includes major airlines, airports, numerous domestic agencies that include the U.S. Customs Service, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of State, and international authorities throughout Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications is a leading provider of a broad array of high technology products. Its customers include the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, selected U.S. Government intelligence agencies and aerospace prime contractors. For more information, see www.l-3com.com/xray.

LaBarge, Inc. is a broad-based provider of electronics to technology-driven companies in diverse markets. The Company provides its customers with sophisticated electronic products through contract design and manufacturing services. Headquartered in St. Louis, LaBarge has operations in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas. For more information, see www.labarge.com.

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