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

 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 facility.

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