• The US Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $60.6 million contract to acquire long-lead items for six RQ-4B Global Hawk unmanned air vehicles, plus three mission control and launch and recovery elements.
  • The UK Ministry of Defence will award Qinetiq a three-year contract worth more than £20 million ($37 million) to provide airworthiness, safety and operational analysis test services for its Eurofighter Typhoons.
  • AAI is to produce 36 RQ-7B Shadow 200 tactical unmanned air vehicles by March 2008 under an $87 million US Army order. It will also provide logistics support for Shadow UAVs until late 2007 for $65 million.
  • Lockheed Martin is to provide an additional F-22 test aircraft by February 2010 under a US Air Force contract worth $143.1 million.
  • BAE Systems has won an £18.5 million ($34.5 million) order from AgustaWestland to provide digital flight-control computers for a helicopter electro-actuation technology upgrade to the UK Royal Navy’s EH101 Merlin HM1s.
  • Raytheon is to acquire long-lead production items for 12 AIM-120D AMRAAM operational test missiles in a $21.8 million US Air Force deal. It will also acquire parts for 40 production AIM-120C7/D missiles.
  • Qinetiq will head an industry and academic consortium supporting a new UK Ministry of Defence-established centre of excellence for micro-electro-mechanical systems under a £3.2 million ($6 million) deal. It will also develop thermal imaging systems for the MoD with Selex Sensors and Airborne Systems and Thales under an £8.4 million deal.
  • Rolls-Royce is to supply propulsion systems for 42 more C-27J Spartans under a $200 million deal with Alenia Aeronautica. The contract covers 84 AE2100D-2 turboprop engines, Dowty R-391 six-bladed propellers and technical support.
  • BAE Systems will produce 13 radar and communications jamming antenna groups for the US Navy’s Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler electronic-attack aircraft in a $24.3 million deal.

Source: Flight International