The South Korean air force's future four Boeing 737-based airborne early warning and control aircraft will use mission computers from BAE Systems North America's Electronics & Integrated Solutions unit at Greenlawn, New York, under a $37 million deal.

EADS Defence & Security has won a contract to manufacture a second Barracuda unmanned combat air vehicle demonstrator to support the Finnish/German Agile unmanned air vehicle programme until 2013. Also involving Finland's Patria and Swiss firm Ruag Aerospace, the network-centric warfare initiative will include simulation and flight test activities.

The Swedish air force has awarded Marshall Aerospace a five-year contract to support its eight Lockheed Martin C-130H transports. The first aircraft to undergo maintenance checks will arrive at the UK company's Cambridge Airport site early this year.

The Finnish air force will receive 10 Litening AT targeting pods for its Boeing F-18 fighters by December 2012 under a $23.4 million deal with Northrop Grumman.

Qinetiq North America subsidary Planning Systems has received a $1.7 million contract to provide high-altitude precision airdrop systems for use by five UK Royal Air Force Lockheed Martin C-130J tactical transports. The systems will initially be used for unguided equipment drops.

Bell Helicopter is to provide the Chilean air force with a further batch of 12 Bell 412 utility helicopters. They will be used for troop transport and search-and-rescue duties.

The UK Ministry of Defence has signed a £43 million ($86 million) contract to extend its Niteworks network-centric warfare demonstration programme by five more years. Launched in July 2003, the simulation-based scheme is a partnership between the MoD and companies including BAE Systems, Finmeccanica and Thales.

Northrop Grumman has received a $24.6 million contract to provide laser television sensor assemblies for US Army Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior scout helicopters until April 2012.

Source: Flight International