April 02, 2013
Ft Lauderdale, FL - ACR Electronics,
Inc.announced that it is now part of the supplier network tapped by
the U.S. Air Force under its recently awarded Light Air Support
(LAS) contract. ACR will supply LAS the ARTEX C406-N Emergency
Locator Transmitter. The ARTEX C406-N ELT transmits a 406 MHz
distress signal through the Cospas-Sarsat satellite system.
In an emergency, the latitude and longitude information from the
on-board navigation system is included in the transmission
providing nearly instantaneous notification of the aircraft
location. This allows search and rescue personnel to quickly
reach the aircraft and provide lifesaving support.
ARTEX designs and manufactures a wide array of Emergency Locator
Transmitters (ELTs) for General, Business, Commercial and Military
Aviation applications as well as battery packs and ELT accessories.
The business of Artex is global and customers range from the
individual private pilot to the world's largest airframe
manufacturers, airlines and governments.
The U.S. Air Force announced the selection of Sierra Nevada
Corporation to supply aircraft for use by the Afghanistan National
Army Air Corps and other future customers, in late February.
The aircraft that will be provided is the Embraer A-29 Super
Tucano. The aircraft will be used for conducting flight training,
aerial reconnaissance and light air support operations and is a key
element of U.S. government partner-building efforts in Afghanistan
and other partner nations.
"Everyone at ACR/ARTEX is proud to continue our long standing
partnership with the United States Armed Forces. It is a
privilege to supply life-saving equipment to the men and women
serving our country worldwide while also creating jobs right here
in our home state of Florida, said," said Michael Wilkerson, CEO of
ACR Electronics, Inc.
The A-29 Super Tucano will be built in Jacksonville, FL by U.S.
workers and with parts supplied by U.S. companies. Over 88
percent of the Super Tucano is made from parts supplied by U.S.
companies, like ACR Electronics, or countries that qualify under
the Buy America Act. Aircraft training will be provided in Clovis,
NM. ACR is one of the 100 U.S. suppliers in 20 states that
will provide parts or services for the LAS program. At least
1,200 U.S. jobs will be supported through this contract. More
information about the A-29 Super Tucano and the LAS program are
available at www.BuiltForTheMission.com.
About ACR Electronics, Inc.
ACR designs and manufactures a complete line of safety and
survival products under the ARTEX and ACR brand names including
Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs), Emergency Position
Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRBs), Personal Locator Beacon (PLBs),
Search and Rescue Transponder (SARTs), Strobe Lights, Life Jacket
Lights, Search Lights and safety accessories. The quality
management systems of this facility have been certified by TUV USA
to AS9100C / ISO 9001:2008. Recognized as the world leader in
safety and survival technologies, ACR and ARTEX have provided
safety equipment to the aviation and marine industries as well as
to the military since 1956. The company is headquartered in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida and employs over 180 at its manufacturing
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