August 21, 2000 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Astronics Corporation has received three additional orders totaling $5. 6 million for products related to its F-16 Night Vision program with the United States Air Force.
The orders are to help the USAF with the provisioning and implementation of the program, which is now beginning large scale production. The first order is for various spare parts that the USAF anticipates needing to successfully manage the installation process. The second order is for higher level assemblies required by the USAF to maintain spares inventory around the world. The third order is to bring some previously modified aircraft up to the current configuration.
Astronics expects these three orders will be shipped over the next 12 months. Astronics' F-16 program resulted from the USAF's desire to retrofit its fleet of F-16 fighter aircraft to night vision compatibility. Astronics won a competitive bid to be the program's prime contractor in April of 1998.