Astronics’ subsidiary DME Corporation has been contracted by the US Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona to provide virtual instrument portable equipment repair/test (VIPER/T) systems for Saudi Arabia Ministry of National Guard’s (MNG) fleet of light armoured vehicles (LAV).
To be delivered to US Marine Corps programme manager, light armored vehicles (PM-LAV) foreign military sales office, the $3.6m contract also includes the application programme sets (APSs).
As part of the contract, Astronics will provide the First Article and initial production units of the systems and APSs within a 30-month period of performance. Additional production units are expected to be procured later.
Astronics president and CEO Peter Gundermann said: "As the provider of the original VIPER/T systems, we are ideally suited to support the requirements of the US Marine Corps and the Saudi programme for advanced automated test systems and test programme sets.
"Our advanced technology provides the flexibility needed for the increasingly complex requirements of electrical and electro-optic circuitry within weapons systems, radar, navigational systems and communication equipment. We look forward to additional opportunities to advance this effort with the US Marine Corps."
Featuring Astronics’ new T940 digital subsystem, the VIPER/T MNG systems will replace the obsolete, legacy VIPER/T digital test instrumentation.
The new T940 digital subsystem helps improve system performance, preserve legacy test programme sets’ investment and offer lower life cycle costs.