Raytheon is to produce eight Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) pods to support the first carrier deployment of the US Navy's Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in 2002. Boeing has received a $40.5 million contract to procure the pods and update four training ATFLIRs to production standard. Boeing has won a US Air Force order for 19 Radar System Improvement Programme kits for the E-3 Sentry airborne early warning and control system. Six RSIP kits will be acquired for $107 million while there is an option for the remaining 13 RSIP kits, valued at $92 million. SaabTech Systems has won a SKr100 million ($10.1 million) contract from an undisclosed Asia Pacific customer for an air command and control system to be delivered in 2002. The USAF has awarded Northrop Grumman a $7.7 million order for 24 APN-241 navigation and weather radars to be installed in Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules. France's arms procurement agency, the DGA, has awarded EADS and G2P - a Snecma and SNPE joint venture - a contract to continue development of the M51 ballistic missile. The contract is potentially worth €2.85 billion ($2.49 billion) and is split into one firm contract and two three-year options. First flight of the M51 is scheduled for late 2005 towards the end of the first option period. Litton has been selected to supply its LSI-2000 long-range IFF interrogator for Lockheed Martin FPS-117 and TPS-117 air-defence radars. The contract is potentially worth $40-50 million, including units for Croatia's air defence system and US Air Force Seek Igloo, North Warning and Iceland system upgrades. France's DGA has awarded Alcatel a €1.4 billion contract for the Syracuse 3 satellite communications system. Compared with France's previous Syracuse 2 system, the spacecraft has increased capacity and improved electronic warfare resistance.

Source: Flight International