Astronics Corporation Selected to Supply Exterior Lighting System for the KC-390 Military Transport and Tanker Program

  Astronics Corporation Selected to Supply Exterior Lighting System for the
  KC-390 Military Transport and Tanker Program

Business Wire

EAST AURORA, N.Y. -- December 19, 2012

Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO) (“Company”), a leading provider of
advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries,
announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Luminescent Systems Inc.,
has been selected by Embraer Defense and Security as a supplier for their
KC-390 Military Transport and Tanker Program.

Astronics will provide a complete exterior lighting system, including
navigation, anti-collision, landing, taxi, aerial refueling and formation
lights. The system will feature Astronics’ LED technology to provide enhanced
optical performance, high reliability and reduced power consumption. The
KC-390 is expected to enter service in 2016.

Peter J. Gundermann, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented,
“Astronics has a long history as an Embraer supplier, including providing the
exterior lighting system for the Phenom family of business jets. The KC-390
selection serves to both enhance that relationship and builds on our industry
leading position of supplying best in class exterior lighting solutions for
the military and commercial aerospace market.”


Astronics Corporation is a leader in advanced, high-performance lighting,
electrical power, specialized avionics products and automated test systems for
the global aerospace and defense industries. Astronics’ strategy is to develop
and maintain positions of technical leadership in its chosen aerospace and
defense markets, to leverage those positions to grow the amount of content and
volume of product it sells to those markets and to selectively acquire
businesses with similar technical capabilities that could benefit from our
leadership position and strategic direction. Astronics Corporation, and its
wholly-owned subsidiaries, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp.,
Ballard Technology, Inc., DME Corporation and Luminescent Systems Inc., have a
reputation for high-quality designs, exceptional responsiveness, strong brand
recognition and best-in-class manufacturing practices. The Company routinely
posts news and other important information on its website at

For more information on Astronics and its products, visit its website at

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Company's products, customer preferences, and other factors which are
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Astronics Corporation
David C. Burney, 716-805-1599, ext. 159
Chief Financial Officer
Investor Relations:
Kei Advisors LLC
Deborah K. Pawlowski, 716-843-3908
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