BAE Systems submitted pricing data to the UK Ministry of Defence on 13 July for the planned production of 12 Nimrod MRA4 maritime reconnaissance and attack aircraft for the UK Royal Air Force.

BAE’s two prototypes of the next-generation surveillance aircraft have now amassed almost 100 flight hours during 38 sorties, with a third MRA4 scheduled to make its flight debut in late August.

BAE and the RAF plan to deploy the second prototype to Sicily this month to perform initial hot weather trials, the company says.

The MoD is expected to make a production decision on the £3.6 billion ($6.3 billion) MRA4 programme in early October. BAE’s final pricing data updates a provisional offer presented late last year.

Source: Flight International