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Jordan, Qatar to acquire DB-110 reconnaissance pods

Jordan and Qatar have been confirmed as new customers for United Technologies Aerospace Systems' (UTAS) DB-110 tactical reconnaissance pod, under deals worth a combined $51.2 million.

Detailed by the US Department of Defense on 5 March, the awards have been made via an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract signed earlier this year by the US Air Force. Initially valued at $22.9 million, the new framework is intended to speed the Foreign Military Sales approval process for international customers of the UTAS pod.

Host aircraft types for the new DB-110 customers have not been disclosed, but the Royal Jordanian Air Force operates Lockheed Martin F-16s. Qatar currently flies Dassault Mirage 2000-5s, but will be replacing these over the coming years with a mix of Boeing F-15QAs, Dassault Rafales and Eurofighter Typhoons. The UTAS sensor has already been integrated with the F-15 platform.

"Work will be performed in Westford, Massachusetts, and is expected to be complete by 1 March, 2021," the DoD says.

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