Eurofighter has awarded South Africa's Paradigm Systems Technology a contract to supply the Industrial Exchange and Repair Service (IERS), which will be a key element of the Eurofighter in-service logistics and support management programme. The contract is worth R50 million ($7.2 million) over the first 18 months. Elisra of Israel has won a $13 million contract to supply SPS-1000V-5 radar warning receivers to the Portuguese air force for its Lockheed Martin F-16s. Lockheed Martin is to provide the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with an F-16 Block 50 training system under a $50 million contract. The system will have dome-type weapon system trainers and unit-level trainers with limited visuals. The networked trainers will be integrated with the UAE's existing Dassault Mirage 2000-9 training systems. Northrop Grumman is to upgrade the Boeing B-52H's ALQ-155 electronic countermeasures system to improve reliability and maintainability and enhance capability under a US Air Force contract worth $180 million. The upgrade will incorporate hardware and software from the later ALQ-135 and -165 systems. The US Department of Defense (DoD) is selling two Sikorsky UH-60L military utility helicopters to Thailand for use by the Royal Thai Army. The $90 million deal includes two spare General Electric T-700 engines, chaff dispensers, rocket pods and other support equipment. Aircraft survivability equipment (ASE) and the communications suite are not yet finalised. The DoD plans to provide additional logistics support for Tomahawk Block III land attack missiles (TLAM) fielded by the UK Royal Navy. The support, maintenance and repair services, test and other equipment, is worth $75 million. South Korea will acquire 110 Raytheon SM-2 Block IIIA Standard missiles, canisters, containers, spare and repaired parts, support and training under a $159 million foreign military sales transaction. South Korea will outfit KDX-IIs with the weapons.

Source: Flight International