*The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded the Atlas consortium a £2.3 billion ($4.4 billion) contract for the first phase of its Defence Information Infrastructure project. Atlas comprises EADS, EDS, Fujitsu, General Dynamics and LogicaCMG.

* The US Navy has awarded Raytheon a $275 million contract to produce 80 Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared systems to equip its Boeing F/A-18 Hornet fighters.

* Eurocopter subsidiary Australian Aerospace will provide continued maintenance support for the Royal Australian Air Force's DHC-4 Caribou transports under a five-year deal to be concluded by mid-July.

* Boeing is to update the Swedish air force's eight Lockheed Martin C-130E/H transports with the avionics upgrade developed for the US Air Force. Work will be performed at the Boeing Aerospace Support centre in San Antonio, Texas from 2007-9.

* Raytheon is to supply 40 AIM-9X Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles to Denmark as part of a US Air Force contract worth $9 million.

* Alliant Techsystems is to supply Turkey with 68 laser-warning upgrades for AAR-47(V)2 missile warning systems under a $12.3 million contract that also includes 856 sets for the US Navy and 40 for the US Marine Corps Reserves.

* L-3 Link is to provide three more AVCATT reconfigurable helicopter simulator suites to the US Army under a $27.4 million contract. The company now has orders for 11 of the army's planned 23 trainer suites.

* ITT Avionics is to upgrade its ALQ-172(V)2 electronic countermeasures suite on US Air Force Boeing B-52 bombers under a $48.2 million contract.

* Breeze-Eastern is to provide 16 electric cargo and parachute retrieval systems to Alenia for the C-27J transport under a $2.8 million contract. - BAE Systems is to upgrade Royal New Zealand Navy Lockheed Martin P-3K digital autopilots under a $3 million contract from L-3 Communications.


Source: Flight International