• Bell Boeing will manufacture 21 MV-22 Osprey tiltrotors for the US Marine Corps and five CV-22s for the US Air Force by October 2010 under a Lot 12 production deal worth $1.8 billion.
  • Boeing is to build 18 additional AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters for the US Army under a $276 million contract, taking the total new-build aircraft on order to 45 for delivery from mid-2009. Boeing is also remanufacturing an additional 96 AH-64As to the D-model standard.
  • CMC Electronics will supply dual Class 2 electronic flight bags for the Austrian air force's three Lockheed Martin C-130s.
  • EDO is to upgrade the Rockwell B-1B's ALQ-161 defensive suite under $16 million in US Air Force contracts. The company will update the aircraft's digital radar frequency memory technique generator, which deceives enemy radars.
  • Denel Optronics will supply its Argos 410-Z payload to equip Cessna Caravans in service with the South African Air Force. The suite comprises forward-looking infrared and daylight TV cameras.
  • The US Army has awarded General Atomics a $5.3 million contract modification related to its production of Extended Range Multi-Purpose Block 0 unmanned air vehicles. Work will be completed by 31 August.
  • GKN Aerospace will produce inlet lip assemblies and chine edges for the US Air Force's F-22A fighter under new contracts from Lockheed Martin with a combined value of around $15 million.
  • Agusta- Westland has named the VT Group preferred bidder for a £40 million ($79 million) project to deliver maintenance support to UK Royal Air Force and Royal Navy Sea King search-and-rescue helicopters. VT expects to receive an initial five-year contract in November.
  • CAE has received contracts worth a combined $73 million to produce new training devices and provide support services for the German air force, German navy, Italian navy and the US Navy.

Source: Flight International