Raytheon will develop a concept demonstrator for the US Marine Corps' highly mobile Multiple Role Radar System under a $16.2 million contract to build and test a prototype Affordable Ground Based Radar (AGBR). Deployed on two Humvees, the AGBR will support USMC tactical air operations, air traffic control and short-range air defence. Harris will study concepts for a lightweight, extremely large deployable radar antenna to allow tracking of moving ground targets from space, under a $2.5 million US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency/Air Force Research Laboratory contract. The one-year study is aimed at integrating moving target indication with a space-based radar. US Air Force Boeing C-32A VIP transports (military 757-200s) are to be upgraded with Boeing's Connexion, its satellite-based broadband two-way internet and data communications service, in a deal potentially worth $112 million. Up to four aircraft could be equipped by September 2003. L-3 Communications' Link Simulation & Training division will build two full-mission trainers and four weapon-tactics trainers under the first Lockheed Martin/ Boeing F-22 training system production contract, worth $26 million. The full programme is valued at over $200 million, covering more than 60 pilot-training and 15 maintenance-training devices. Israel's Radar Electronic Industries is to supply ground debriefing stations for the Smiths Aerospace digital video recording systems on Israeli air force Lockheed Martin F-16Is. The PC-based systems will be used for squadron-level post-flight debriefing. The UK has awarded AgustaWestland a deal to study its Future Lynx as the basis for the Battlefield Light Utility Helicopter Requirement (Flight International, 29 January - 4 February). The UK's GKN Aerospace Services will make resin transfer moulding (RTM) composite components for the Boeing SikorskyRAH-66 Comanche in a $15 million parts deal. Deliveries begin late this quarter.

Source: Flight International