LaBarge secures additional contract from Boeing
Sep 15, 2006
LaBarge, Inc. has been awarded an additional $1.3 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 LaBarge-built wire harness assemblies are part of the Air Force's T-38 Avionics Upgrade Program. Through that program, Boeing is upgrading the advanced-jet training aircraft to include 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.
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's cable assemblies will support critical functions in the aircraft cockpit.
LaBarge expects production on this contract to take place at its Berryville, Ark., facility beginning this month and continuing until March 2007.