LaBarge Receives $7.4M from Raytheon for F/A-22 ‘Brains’
Raytheon Preferred Supplier LaBarge, Inc. of St. Louis, MO has received a contract valued at $7.4 million from the Raytheon Company’s Space and Airborne Systems in El Segundo, CA, to continue to produce backplane electronic assemblies for the F/A-22 Raptor fighter. LaBarge has manufactured the backplane assemblies for Raytheon since 2002, and work on this contract will begin at LaBarge’s Joplin, MO facility in Q4 of FY 2005 and continue through fall 2006.
The backplane assemblies are used in the F/A-22’s Common Integrated Processor (CIP), and process electronic signals for the entire aircraft. Developed as the “brains” of the F/A-22, the CIP uses fiber optics and high-speed integrated circuit technology to fuse and convert data into a clear, concise picture of the combat situation, reducing pilot workloads and allowing them to focus more fully on executing the designated mission.