- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

PABLO, Mont. (AP) - 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 (http://bit.ly/1nGm4u80 ) 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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Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com