Boeing has received a $748 million contract modification from the US Missile Defense Agency to develop a test X-band radar (XBR) to support the Ground-Based Midcourse defence programme. The MDA says the modification is necessary to ensure a test XBR is ready to be integrated into the ballistic missile defence system testbed in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2005.

RSK will receive $6.8 million from Bulgaria to license an indigenous upgrade of the country's MiG-29 fleet.

BAE Systems Australia has won the Australian Department of Defence's A$70 million ($41.4 million) Advanced Satellite Communications Terrestrial Infrastructure Systems (ASTIS) ground infrastructure project. The project will see an upgrade to the existing Australian Defence Force primary satellite earth station - the ASTIS Primary Injection Facility - at Canberra to support Optus C1 satellite broadcast capabilities, and delivery of a deployable Theatre Injection Facility.

Ultra Electronics has received sonobuoy supply contracts worth £13 million ($21 million) from Australia, France and Sweden.

Jordan is negotiating with the USA for the supply of Raytheon Patriot surface-to-air missile systems.

Lockheed Martin has received a $7.2 million US government contract to support the air sovereignty operations centre international modernisation and sustainment support programme. The three-year contract covers support for Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Thales Raytheon Systems has received a $45 million contract from Norway to upgrade TPQ-36A air surveillance radars to MPQ-64 standard. The radar is part of the Norwegian advanced surface-to-air missile system.

Northrop Grumman has received a $7 million contract to upgrade 82 ALQ-162 electronic warfare systems of the Royal Danish Air Force.

Source: Flight International