The US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center based at Hanscom Air Force Base has awarded a contract to ELTA North America Inc. for man-portable aerial defence system kits.

The contract worth $15.55m will require ELTA to procure and deliver 21 aerial defence systems until July.

Teradyne Inc. has received a $10.14m-worth contract modification to supply versatile depot automatic test (VDATS) equipment parts to the US Air Force until September.

The VDATS equipment parts to be supplied under the contract will ensure software compatibility for the testers.

Leonardo S.p.A. has been selected to provide PicoSAR AESA (E-Scan) radar Patroller unmanned aerial vehicles of the French Forces, under a sub-contract to Safran Electronics & Defense.

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The deal is part of a contract received by Safran Electronics & Defense from the French Directorate General of armaments in April 2016 to deliver Patroller drones.

The Pakistan Ministry of Defence has placed an order with Leonardo S.p.A. for an undisclosed number of additional AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters.

"The VDATS equipment parts to be supplied under the contract will ensure software compatibility for the testers."

Scheduled to be delivered in mid-2017, the AW139s will be deployed by Pakistan in utility and transport missions.

Fokker Services BV has been contracted by the Royal Netherlands Air Force, Logistics Center to supply standard parts for aircraft of the UK Armed Forces.

The standard part services will be provided for aircraft based at all air and naval bases of the UK Ministry of Defence.

Image: An AW139 helicopter. Photo: courtesy of Leonardo.