The UK Ministry of Defence will next month hold a programme review in its $400 million-plus ($770 million) contest to select an all-weather air-to-surface weapon for use from the middle of the next decade.

Companies have until 11 April to express interest in the Selected Precision Effects At Range (Spear) project, which seeks a stand-off weapon to enter service with the Panavia Tornado GR4 in 2015, Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in 2017 and Eurofighter Typhoon in 2018.

Boeing, Lockheed, Raytheon and the UK's MBDA-led Team Complex Weapons consortium could bid for the deal, with invitations to tender due for release in April 2008.

Source: Flight International