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Astronics awarded new contracts for night vision systems

July 17, 2003 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Astronics Corporation announced today that it has been awarded a follow-on contract from the U.S. government to supply spares and replacement parts for the F-16 night vision instrumentation program.
The contract with the U.S. government calls for Astronics to supply spare parts for certain critical components for up to ten years for the U.S. F-16 fleet, including such devices as cockpit control assemblies, avionics keyboards and indicator units.

During the period 1999 through 2002, over 1,100 F-16 Fighting Falcons were converted with Astronics' lighting systems to allow for the use of night vision goggles in the aircraft. The conversion provides for the lighting systems to emit minimal amounts of infrared energy and requires significant modification or replacement of cockpit and external lighting.

The value of the spares contract will depend on component failure rates experienced by the U.S. Air Force. It is expected to exceed $3 million over the contract period. This contract is in addition to the F-16 spares contract valued at an estimated $30 million over a ten-year period that was announced January 22, 2002.

The company also announced a development contract for an undisclosed foreign military to provide the night vision instrumentation systems (NVIS) for its fleet of fighters. The award covers design and development activities and two initial ship sets of hardware.

The contract is being administered through the U.S. government's foreign military sales program. It is expected that Astronics will be awarded production of hardware for the full complement of aircraft in the fleet once the initial development is complete. The value of the entire program is expected to be approximately $4.5 million and will be completed over approximately the next 24 months.