Beechcraft Defense Co has won a four-year contract worth $60.52m to support joint primary aircraft training system (JPATS) T-6 programme.

Awarded by the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the contract requires Beechcraft to provide programme management, engineering and technical support for the JPATS T-6.

Raytheon Company has won a contract to upgrade and maintain software for the existing Air and Space Operations Center Weapon System (AOC WS) of the US Air Force.

The $375m six-year contract has been awarded by the US Air Force Materiel Command and will involve software upgrades intended to improve air and space command and control (C2) operations.

The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale of MD 530F light helicopters to the Kenyan Ministry of Defence.

This will include 12 MD 530F weaponised helicopters with navigation and communications systems, and related support services.

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"The $375m six-year contract has been awarded by the US Air Force Materiel Command and will involve software upgrades intended to improve air and space command and control (C2) operations."

The MD 530Fs will replace Kenya’s ageing fleet of MD500 helicopters.

The Australian Department of Defence’s request to purchase anti-radiation missiles has been accepted by the US State Department under a foreign military sale programme.

The missiles to be supplied under the $137.6m-worth deal will equip Australia’s Electronic Attack EA-18G Growler aircraft.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company has been awarded a $109.56m-worth contract to procure hardware and software systems for the F-35 Lighting III Block 3F upgrade programme by December 2021.

The hardware and software upgrades to be performed under the contract are intended for the US Air Force, US Navy, US Marine Corps, and other foreign militaries.

Image: A sale of 12 MD 530F weaponised helicopters to Kenya has been approved by the US. Photo: Courtesy of MD Helicopters Inc.