The US Navy has awarded Westinghouse a $5 million contract to perform a concept study and demonstration of weapons-guidance and weapons-integration precision-targeting capabilities for the Joint Advanced Strike Technology (JAST) programme. The research effort will focus on critical strike-warfare targeting and target identification requirements.
The Swiss Government is to buy 28 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Oerlikon Contraves, in a deal worth SFr 280 million ($239 million). Delivery is due in 1998/9. The Ranger UAVs will be used for reconnaissance and artillery fire control, and are being ordered as part of a recently approved Swiss arms-procurement programme. The aircraft has a range of 100km (55nm) and an endurance of up to 5h. Maximum payload weight is 39kg.
Source: Flight International