September 7, 2006 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Orbit International, an electronics manufacturer and supplier, announced that its Power Units Segment, Behlman has received two new development orders in support of the F-16 program totaling $340,000.
Deliveries under these contracts are expected to commence in the first quarter of 2007 and continue through the fourth quarter of 2007.
The first order is for the development of a power supply used in the F-16 Field Transportable Improved Avionics Intermediate Shop (IAIS) system which is used to test all the avionic units on the F-16. Behlman was chosen to develop a replacement for the existing power source which had become both a reliability and supportability issue for the U.S. Air Force. Based on current forecasts, approximately five (5) to seven (7) new systems are expected to be built per year over the next five (5) to ten (10) years which equates to approximately $100,000 to $150,000 per year. These amounts do not include additional units that may be procured to support systems already in the field.
The second order is for a COTS replacement unit used in the F-16 Expanded Enhanced Fire Control Computer (EEFCC). The current power supply had been the cause of unacceptable support problems for the U.S. Air Force and Behlman was chosen to build a new COTS replacement, perform qualification testing and prepare logistical support documentation. Behlman had previously built two units which have successfully passed initial system testing. Once the remaining tests are completed, management anticipates that fifty (50) to one hundred (100) units will be procured per year in the foreseeable future equaling approximately $300,000 to $600,000 per year.
Orbit International Corp. is involved in the manufacture of customized electronic components and subsystems for military and nonmilitary government applications through its production facilities in Hauppauge, New York and Quakertown, Pennsylvania. Its Behlman Electronics, Inc. subsidiary manufactures and sells high quality commercial power units, AC power sources, frequency converters, uninterruptible power supplies and associated analytical equipment. The Behlman military division designs, manufactures and sells power units and electronic products for measurement and display.