France's arms procurement agency, the DGA, has provided an additional Fr1 billion ($145 million) to Thales (formerly Thomson-CSF) for the continued development of the Martha system, which provides a mobile, tactical command and control architecture for the French army's very-short range, short range and medium range air- to-surface missile systems. Northrop Grumman's Electronic Sensors and Systems sector has received a $30 million US Air Force contract for 17 ALQ-135 Band 1.5 electronic countermeasures systems for Boeing F-15E fighters. This follows the successful completion of the system's initial operational test and evaluation Israel's Tadiran Spectralink has won a $51 million contract to upgrade PRC-112 pilot personal locators, and to supply new systems to the US Army. Tadiran will upgrade 8,250 in-service rescue radios and supply 1,650 new systems. The upgraded units will be dubbed PRC-112S. General Dynamics has won a $167 million order to supply Hydra 70 rockets, motors and warheads to the US Air Force, Navy and Army. Deliveries will be between May 2002 and July 2003. Canada's Spar Aerospace has received a Canadian Department of National Defence contract worth C$16 million ($10.7 million) to equip 32 Lockheed Martin CC-130 Hercules transports with airborne collision avoidance systems and radar altimeters. The Royal Netherlands Air Force has awarded Cubic Defence Systems a $10 million contract for its Autonomous Air Combat Manoeuvring Instrumentation technology. Israel's MLM will supply 24 EHUD training pods as part of the deal. Also working with Cubic are Stork Aerospace, Fokker Space and the Netherlands National Aerospace Laboratory. Meanwhile, Cubic and Ssangyong Information and Communication are in final contract negotiations with the South Korean defence ministry for a tactical engagement simulation training system.

Source: Flight International