Labarge Receives $1.6 Million Contract from General Dynamics for M1 Abrams Tanks

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 21, 2008-LaBarge, Inc. has received a $1.6 million contract from General Dynamics Land Systems to continue to build cable assemblies for variants of the M1 Abrams tank for the U.S. Army.

The M1 Abrams tanks are particularly suitable for attacking or defending against large concentrations of heavily armored forces on a highly lethal battlefield. The tanks use mobility, firepower and shock effect to destroy opponents on the battlefield. The ongoing M1A1 and the M1A2 modernization programs feature improvements such as upgraded software systems and improved fire control systems.

LaBarge has supported the Abrams program since the vehicle entered service in 1980. Production on this latest contract began this month at the company's Berryville, Ark., facility and is expected to continue through February 2013.

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

Colleen Clements
314-997-0800, ext. 409

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