Tribe’s Electronics Company Signs $1.8M Contract

By Beacon Staff

PABLO — An electronics manufacturing company owned by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes has signed a $1.8 million contract to help produce a missile-detection system used by military helicopters.

S&K Electronics signed the contract with global military contractor BAE Systems in Pablo Tuesday.

The Missoulian reports BAE produces an infrared detection system called the Common Missile Warning system for the U.S. Department of Defense. S&K will manufacture hundreds of the system’s third-generation Electronic Control Unit Connector Interface Panel Assembly each year.

S&K president and general manager Larry Hall says the system protects people in low- and slow-flying helicopters.

S&K had been manufacturing products for BAE before, but officials say the new contract is a significant increase in the partnership.

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