Today we bid a fond farewell to our old friend MA2-30, which has been discontinued and removed from our product line. Declining availability and increasing cost of precision mechanical parts has made further production cost-prohibitive; quite frankly we would be forced to put MA2-30 at a price point where demand dwindles to a level unworthy of the respect this solid performer deserves.
MA2-30 has been in use by military forces worldwide since 1968, and there are hundreds in use in the sport world as well. Alti-2 carried on production of this quality instrument when it acquired the manufacturing rights from SSE, Inc. in 1999. Other than small improvements to the wrist strap and the addition of the chemical light attachment the original design has remained largely unchanged.
The final MA2-30 to come off our assembly line here in DeLand, FL will not leave our Production floor ? it will be displayed in a shadow box as a reminder of its significant part in our design heraldry.
Another model in the series, MA3-30, will be also be discontinued when our limited existing supply of parts is exhausted. Alti-2 will continue to repair and service both models briefly subject to availability of parts.
MA2-30?s sister product is the more robust MA-10, in production since 2007, which features an electronic stepper motor, highly accurate pressure sensors, backlit display available in feet or meters, two dial face scale options, and in-flight programming using the device itself or the MA-10UD Transmitter.
Our next generation military altimeter is currently in development and will make its debut later this year. Smaller and lighter than MA-10, this new instrument will feature an electronic pressure sensor, digital display, waterproof ruggedized case, universal mounting capability, and will be programmable in-flight. Watch for product announcements on our Facebook page and right here in our Alti-2 Forums.