Posted by John McHale
ST. LOUIS, 19 Jan. 2011. LaBarge, Inc. (NYSE Amex: LB), a provider of electronics manufacturing services (EMS), won a contract valued at $1.3 million from Kaman Aerospace Corp. to provide cockpit wiring harnesses for the S-70i Black Hawk military helicopter, the international variant of the Black Hawk helicopter. Kaman is a subcontractor to Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. on the Black Hawk helicopter program.
The S-70i Black Hawk helicopter is the first Black Hawk aircraft designed specifically for international customers and to be assembled in Europe. The aircraft incorporates the latest technology with advanced features such as a fully integrated digital cockpit with a dual digital automatic flight control system and coupled flight director. It is expected to complete production flight testing by the end of the year.
Production on the new contract has begun at LaBarge's Joplin, Mo., facility and is expected to continue through February 2012.