Lockheed Martin has received a $279.9 million contract for 10 F-16C/D Block 50s for the Chilean air force, which signed a letter of acceptance for the deal in February. Saab Bofors Dynamics, the Swedish defence materiel administration FMV and the Finnish navy have signed a deal worth around €10 million ($11.5 million)to replace the RBS15 anti-ship missile's existing rocket motors with engines supplied by Roxel France. Pratt & Whitney is to produce 240 F117-100 engines (military PW2000s) to power 60 Boeing C-17 transports, under a $1.4 billion USAir Force multi-year contract. Engines will be delivered between 2004 and 2007. South Africa has become the first export customer for the Thales Air Defence Starstreak very short-range air defence system. Bell Boeing has received an $817 million low-rate initial production Lot 8 contract to build nine MV-22 Osprey tiltrotors for the US Marine Corps and two CV-22s for the US Air Force, for delivery in 2006. Northrop Grumman has received the final $113 million increment of a $257 million US Air Force contract for the 17th and last E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System. The aircraft, the seventh Block 20 JSTARS, will be delivered in March 2005. Harris is to produce additional digital moving-map computers under a $3.7 million US Navy contract. The computers will be used in US Navy and Marine Corps Boeing F/A-18s, Marine Bell AH-1Zs and UH-1Ys and Boeing AV-8Bs, and US Army Boeing CH-47Fs. Applied Courseware Technology of Fredericton, New Brunswick, and BNH Expert Software of St Laurent, Quebec, are to supply instructional system development tools for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter training system under contracts totalling $400,000. Cubic is to expand the Canadian Forces' air combat manoeuvring instrumentation system at CFBC old Lake, Alberta, home of Maple Flag exercises, to include GPS-based rangeless training components under a $10.6 million contract.

Source: Flight International