Lockheed Martin has received a US Air Force order for five CC-130J (previously theC-130J-30) transports appropriated in the 2002 defence budget. The deal is worth $355 million and the aircraft will be delivered in 2004. Slingsby Aviation has sold three T67M260 Firefly piston-engined trainers to BAE Systems for use by the Bahrain Amiri air force. The 195kW (260hp) Textron Lycoming AEIO-540-powered aircraft will be delivered in the last quarter of this year. Thales Raytheon Systems has received a €110 million ($96 million) contract from the DGA, the French arms procurement agency, for the C3M mobile command and control centre. Abu Dhabi-based Gulf Aircraft Maintenance (GAMCO) has received a further five-year UK Ministry of Defence contract to provide Lockheed TriStar maintenance. Telephonics will supply its RDR-1600 radar to AgustaWestland for 14 EH101 helicopters ordered by Denmark in a $700,000 deal. Air France Industries has been selected by EADS Casa to supply VIP interiors and military conversions for two Spanish air force Airbus A310s. Smiths Aerospace has received a further $8 million contract from Boeing to supply C-130AMP trial kits for the USAFC-130 avionics modernisation programme. Boeing has won a $47 million US Air Force contract for software upgrades and engineering work on the Rockwell B-1 bomber. TRW has received a $169.7 million US Air Force contract for design and demonstration of safety enhanced ICBM re-entry system. The US General Accounting Office has confirmed a USAF Academy order with Brazil's Aeromot for XMT-200S Super Ximango motor gliders for up to 15 aircraft. Five aircraft should be delivered from May. Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $30 million contract by the US Navy to produce 109 additional BQM-74E subsonic aerial targets. This is the second option in a four-year, fixed-price deal worth$110 million.

Source: Flight International