Lockheed Martin Corporation has secured a $10bn contract, including foreign military sales, from the US Department of Defense for the C-130J programme.

The contract will support the production of the C-130J aircraft through August 2026.

The US Air Force has awarded a sub-contract, worth $104m, to Raytheon for the upgrade of its RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Under the contract, Raytheon will deliver upgraded mission control stations for the UAV.

The US Air Force has also contracted Northrop Grumman to upgrade the RQ-4’s ground control station.

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"The US Air Force has also contracted Northrop Grumman to upgrade the RQ-4’s ground control station."

The US Air Force has awarded a three-year multiple-award contract, valued at $78.43m, to five companies based in the US.

The contract awardees will provide information technology support services for the US Air Force’s C4ISR systems and weapon systems.

The Boeing Company has been contracted by the New Zealand Ministry of Defence in support of Orion maritime patrol aircraft.

The $36m-worth contract requires Boeing to improve intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability of six Orion aircraft flown by the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. has received a contract, valued at $20m, from The Boeing Company to develop training systems for the KC-46 Pegasus air refuelling tanker of the US Air Force.

The contract covers high-fidelity virtual simulator, full-scale simulators, interactive multimedia instruction, and maintenance training devices.

Image: A KC-46 Pegasus aircraft taking off. Photo: courtesy of US Air Force photo / Jet Fabara.