• The US Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin $81 million as the first instalment of a planned $622 million deal to develop centre wing box replacements for six of its Lockheed C-130 transport variants. To conclude by January 2013, the work will support modifications to the AC-130U, C/EC/MC-130H and HC-130N/P platforms.
  • Saab's Gripen fighter will provide continued support during the development of MBDA's Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile under two new contracts worth a combined SKr300 million ($42.7 million). The company will support weapon firings and radar tests in Sweden and the UK until 2010. Meteor is in development for France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
  • Lockheed Martin has received a $150 million contract to manufacture components by February 2008 including aft fuselages, wing leading-edge flaps and stores management systems for five Mitsubishi F-2 fighters on order for the Japan Air Self-Defence Force.
  • ITT Avionics has received a $78 million contract to provide ALQ-173(V) electronic warfare systems by January 2010 for integration with the Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters on order for the Pakistan air force.
  • L-3 Wescam is to supply 56 MX-15Di electro-optical/infrared/laser designation turrets for integration with AgustaWestland Future Lynx helicopters on order for the British Army and UK Royal Navy. Sensor deliveries will run between late 2009 and 2014. Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control is to supply the Canadian Forces with 36 Sniper advanced targeting pods under a deal of undisclosed value. Deliveries will begin this month for integration with Canada's Boeing CF-18 Hornet fighters, with support until 2020 to be provided by Lockheed Martin Canada.
  • Galileo Avionica has been awarded a contract of undisclosed value to conduct 20 flights of its Mirach 100/5 target drone to support activities at the Indian defence ministry's integrated test range.

Source: Flight International