LaBarge Awarded $3.2 Million Contract from Bell Helicopter for U.S. Marines H-1 Upgrade Program


ST. LOUIS, Aug. 4, 2008-LaBarge, Inc. has received a $3.2 million contract from Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, to continue to produce electronic assemblies for the H-1 Upgrade Program for helicopters used by the U.S. Marine Corps.

The H-1 Upgrade Program is expected to provide much-needed modernization for the Marine Corps' aging helicopter fleet. This program currently calls for 280 upgraded utility or attack aircraft - 100 UH-1Ys and 180 AH-1Zs.

LaBarge expects to produce the box-level electronic assemblies at its Huntsville, Ark., facility beginning in January 2009 and continuing through July 2010. The company has supported the H-1 Upgrade Program since 2004.

Bell Helicopter is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tilt rotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.

LaBarge, Inc. is a broad-based provider of electronics to technology-driven companies in diverse markets. The Company provides its customers with sophisticated electronic and electromechanical products through contract design and manufacturing services. Headquartered in St.

Louis, LaBarge has operations in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas. The Company's Web site may be accessed at www.labarge.com.

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