SOURCE: Astro-Med, Inc.

Astro-Med, Inc.

September 04, 2013 10:57 ET

Astro-Med Announces Contract With Russia's United Aircraft Corporation-Integration Center (a subsidiary of the United Aircraft Corporation) for ToughWriter® 5 Flight Deck Printers

WEST WARWICK, RI--(Marketwired - Sep 4, 2013) - Astro-Med, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALOT) announced it has been awarded the flight deck printer contract for Irkut Corporation's new MS-21 aircraft. Irkut, a leading Russian aerospace manufacturer that is part of the United Aircraft Corporation, expects to launch the MS-21 in 2017. According to the Company, this contract further establishes Astro-Med's significance as a manufacturer and global supplier of ruggedized flight deck printers.

"This contract allows Astro-Med to increase its worldwide presence, and we are proud that UAC-Integration Center and Irkut have chosen the ToughWriter 5 for MS-21 cockpits," said Thomas W. Carll, Astro-Med Vice President and Worldwide Director of Sales. "With the ToughWriter 5, Irkut has ensured that its aircraft will continue to be on the cutting edge, with the most advanced flight deck printers available."

According to Irkut's website, the MS-21 is "being developed as a family of short-medium range airliners with the passenger carrying capacity of 150-210."

The ToughWriter® 5 is the latest airborne printer from Astro-Med, and holds advantages over other printers in size, weight and power. This new model weighs less than 9 pounds, and is 7.3 inches deep, making it the world's smallest flight deck printer. It offers the highest print quality available for text and graphics, and boasts industry-leading print speed and optional Wi-Fi connectivity.

Irkut pilots and operators flying with ToughWriter 5-equipped flight decks will benefit from:

  • Improved print quality for both text and graphics
  • High speed printing at up to 5 seconds per page
  • Reduced weight
  • Compact design at only 7.3 inches deep
  • Upgrade path to Wi-Fi
  • 10/100BaseT and ARINC429 communication ports

About Astro-Med, Inc.
Astro-Med has been designing and manufacturing ruggedized airborne printers for more than a decade. These ruggedized printers and related ruggedized Ethernet switches, which are part of our Test & Measurement Group, are used in the most demanding military and commercial environments, including airborne, shipboard, and ground vehicle applications. Astro-Med is currently furnishing airborne printers for the Airbus A380 and A400M, the Boeing C-17, B-787, B-777, B-747, and the Lockheed C-130. Astro-Med is certified to AS9100, the quality management system specifically designed for manufacturers of aerospace industry products. Astro-Med is proud to manufacture in Rhode Island, USA. Additional information about Astro-Med's ruggedized printer products is available at

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