LaBarge upgrades wire harnesses in Air Force training jets

ST. LOUIS, 16 Nov. 2005. LaBarge, Inc. has been awarded an additional $2.2 million contract from The Boeing Company to continue to supply wire harness assemblies for U.S. Air Force T-38C training jets.

ST. LOUIS, 16 Nov. 2005. LaBarge, Inc. has been awarded an additional $2.2 million contract from The Boeing Company to continue to supply wire harness assemblies for U.S. Air Force T-38C training jets.

LaBarge began manufacturing the assemblies for Boeing in 2000. The company anticipates additional work on the program. Production is expected to continue through September 2006.

Manufactured in Berryville, Ark., the LaBarge-built wire harness assemblies are part of the Air Force's T-38 Avionics Upgrade Program. Through that program, Boeing is upgrading more than 450 of the advanced-jet training aircraft.

The jets feature a large-field-of-view head-up display in the front cockpit; multi-functional displays; an integrated global positioning and navigation system; and a traffic collision avoidance system. LaBarge's cable assemblies will support critical functions in the aircraft cockpit.

The Avionics Upgrade Program is part of the Air Force Pacer Classic initiative that will extend the life of the advanced supersonic trainers until 2020. Boeing expects the upgrade program to significantly improve the avionics reliability of the T-38 and reduce support costs for the Air Force.

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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