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Shaheen Applauds $23.5 Million U.S. Air Force Contract for Avlite Systems in Tilton

(Manchester, NH) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, applauded the announcement that Avlite Systems in Tilton, New Hampshire will receive a $23.5 million contract with the United States Air Force (USAF) to upgrade airfield lighting systems.

Under the contract, Avlite will manufacture and deliver to the USAF High Mobility Airfield Lighting Systems (HMALS), which will provide USAF units with airfield lighting systems which can be rapidly deployed to safely land aircraft during operations around the world. Each system contains portable solar LED airfield lighting for a 10,000 ft runway, including CAT I approaches, which are more challenging than other types of aircraft approach categories, and ground lighting. The system trailers are also designed for flexible maneuvering and rapid deployment.

“I’m pleased to welcome this $23.5 million contract to Avlite, headquartered in Tilton, to advance the capabilities and readiness of the U.S. Air Force. This funding will update airfield lighting systems to ensure aircraft can land quickly and safely for their missions in support of defense and humanitarian causes around the world,” said Senator Shaheen. “I’m proud of New Hampshire’s leading role in supporting our Armed Forces, and I’ll continue to advocate for facilities that create cutting-edge technology and equipment to support our military.” 

“Avlite is proud to deliver this unique capability to the Airmen of the United States Air Force. The HMALS systems represent a safer and more flexible upgrade to the long serving, successful legacy EALS systems.” said Tara Stewart, Director of Sealite USA LLC, Avlite’s parent company. “After a successful Operational Utility Evaluation (OUE), this award is an exciting step to fully upgrade this critical system capability across the service.”