Jacobs Engineering Group has been awarded $75.8m Patriot Excalibur (PEX) contract at the US Air Force (USAF) Life Cycle Management Center at the Hanscom Air Force Base.

Under the five-year contract, Jacobs will carry on maintaining the PEX software, provide engineering services, training and support field implementations.

The contract is intended to provide a unit-level software toolset for the airforce, joint service and foreign military unit personnel.

This will allow them to perform operational tasks and track readiness status accurately in real-time.

Jacobs Aerospace, Technology and Nuclear senior vice-president Jennifer Richmond said: “We are committed to delivering PEX with cutting-edge software solutions that are responsive, innovative and sustainable.

“PEX software is designed to support flying, non-flying and intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) and special mission units.”

“This significant contract reaffirms our longstanding partnership with the US Air Force as Jacobs continues to invest in innovation that is centred on artificial intelligence, automated design and predictive analytics.”

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Work under the contract will be carried out at more than 30 USAF locations.

PEX software is designed to support flying, non-flying and intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) and special mission units.

The software employs Cloud computing and mobile technologies and is based on an agile software development method.

It helps integrate a range of functional areas of a squadron organisation and enables information sharing.

In 2016, the company was awarded a $36.5m PEX contract with a performance period of three years.

Last year, Jacobs won a contract to continue developing software to support the USAF Air Mobility and Air Combat Command aircraft fleet.