The US Missile Defense Agency has awarded Boeing a $241.8 million contract for Airborne Laser (ABL) Block 2004 work. The ABL Block 2004 programme includes cost adjustments for the laser, beam control and integration and test efforts. General Dynamics UK has received a £25 million ($42 million) UK Ministry of Defence contract to provide the British Army's Westland Apache AH1 attack helicopters with Bowman radio system ground-to-air data connectivity. L-3 Communications' Link Simulation and Training business has received a $26.6 million Boeing contract to build additional F/A-22 Raptor training devices. Whittaker Controls has been selected by Northrop Grumman to supply bleed air components for the radar pressurisation and cooling system for the E-2 Hawkeye. The German parliament has given the go-ahead to procure self-protection systems for the Transall C160 transport. Initially 18 sets will be acquired, 12 aircraft fitted with systems and another 12 prepared for future installation. The US Naval Air Systems Command has awarded BAE Systems an engineering and technical services contract potentially worth $117 million to support IFF interrogator systems. EDO is to supply a wideband multifunction antenna for the F/A-18E/F under a Boeing contract potentially worth over $6 million. Northrop Grumman is to develop the Space-Based Space Surveillance pathfinder system to detect and track objects in near-Earth orbit and deep space under a $19.9 million US Air Force contract. ITT Gilfillan is to provide three MPN-14K approach control radars to Taiwan under a $74.4 million contract. Singapore Technologies Aerospace Systems has been appointed by Parker Aerospace as the first service centre for the repair and overhaul of the Lockheed Martin F-16 integrated servo actuator in South-East Asia. Air New Zealand Engineering Services has won a Royal Australian Navy contract for the overhaul and repair of LM2500 ship turbine engines for six years.

Source: Flight International