March 1, 2007 (by Nick Guard) - EDO Corporation has been awarded a $1.5 million contract for delivery of 50 of its new-generation "MALTS" two-station carriers this year for use on Royal Norwegian Air Force F-16s.
The contract also includes test equipment, training, spares and documentation.
(Modular Advanced Lightweight Training System) family of two, four, and six station carriers provides practice-bombing capability on any tactical aircraft.
MALTS employs easily maintained electro-magnetic release units that eliminate maintenance and overall life cycle costs. This contract further builds on sales to two other European Air Force customers and a Far-East aircraft manufacturer.
MALTS is a new version of EDO's high-performance practice-bomb training systems which do not employ pyrotechnic cartridges. Operators benefit from a true swing-role training capability (the ability to freely switch from one training regime to another), minimal logistic footprint (no consumables, annual servicing only) and consequentially reduced inventory holding. MALTS is a universal fit to any platform and its low life-cycle cost has been verified competitively by several users and platform primes.
EDO Corporation designs and manufactures a diverse range of products for aerospace, defense, intelligence, and commercial markets. Major product groups include: Professional and Engineering Services, Defense Electronics, Communications, Aircraft Armament Systems, Undersea Warfare, and Integrated Composite Structures. EDO’s advanced systems are at the core of the transformation to lighter, faster, and smarter defense capabilities.