Field Aerospace has been contracted by the US Air Force to upgrade and modernise avionics on its 178 T-1A Jayhawk trainer fleet.

Field Aerospace will collaborate with Nextant Aerospace, Rockwell Collins, and FlightSafety International to provide the Pro Line 21 avionics suite, a new flight deck and 30 training devices for the aircraft, under the $155.7m contract.

The deal also covers upgrade of simulators and training devices at four of the USAF bases and one naval station. Delivery of the first prototypes is scheduled for 2019.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc has received a foreign military sales (FMS) contract worth $80.87m for work on the UK’s MQ-9B Protector unmanned aerial vehicle programme.

The company will design, develop, integrate and test components for the MQ-9B Protector through August 2021, under the contract.

“The $135m contracts will support the US Air Force’s KC-10 Extender refuelling tanker aircraft programme.”

The contract has been awarded by the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), Medium Altitude Unmanned Aircraft Systems Division, based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB).

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Airbus Helicopters has received contracts for the maintenance of H225M fleets operated by the Brazilian Armed Forces and the Mexican Air Force.

The company will provide HCare Smart by-the-hour maintenance services for 50 H225Ms of the Brazilian Armed Forces and 11 H225M aircraft of the Mexican Air Force, under the contract.

National Strategic Research Institute has secured a contract to provide research, development and engineering services to the US Department of Defense until October 2025.

Awarded by the US 55th Contracting Squadron based at Offutt Air Force Base, the contract also covers test, evaluation, and systems analysis for the US Strategic Command.

MTU Maintenance Canada has been contracted by Lockheed Martin for maintenance, repair and overhaul of CF6-50C2 engines.

The contractor company will also provide maintenance and repair services for accessories, as part of the deal.

The $135m contracts will support the US Air Force’s KC-10 Extender refuelling tanker aircraft programme.