Saab AB has secured a contract worth $42.71m to provide operational and development support for the Swedish Air Force's Gripen single-engine, multi-role fighter aircraft.

The deal was awarded by the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), and will require Saab to operate rigs and simulators, as well as test and verify Gripen C / D and Gripen E aircraft systems.

The contractor will also provide operational support for Gripen C / D variants.

Beechcraft Defense Company LLC has won a $15.22m contract to provide support services for the Iraq’s Peace Dragon King Air 350 programme up to September 2017.

The new arrangement covers contractor logistics support, programme support, repairs, and basic life support services, and was awarded by the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center.

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UES Inc has won a six-year deal to carry out research and development work under the Blue Systems Survivability programme for the US Air Force.

The contractor will perform research on the effect of lasers on materials, components and systems at the US Air Force Research Laboratory based at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, US.

Rockwell Collins has been selected to supply its Flight2 avionics system to support the Pakistan Air Force’s C-130 Hercules transport aircraft upgrades.

"UES Inc has won a six-year deal to carry out research and development work under the Blue Systems Survivability programme for the US Air Force."

The Flight2 avionics systems to be supplied under the foreign military sales contract will be installed on 11 C-130E variants and five C-130B aircraft.

The contract is scheduled to be completed by December 2020, and will also see Rockwell Collins provide checklists and consolidated flight manuals for the operation and maintenance of the aircraft.

Raytheon Company subsidiary Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems has secured a $12.62m deal to provide support services for the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles.

The three-year contract was awarded by the US Air Force Lifecycle Management Center and includes development and sustainment of a tactical multi-spectral targeting systems software line for the MQ-1 and MQ-9 aircraft.

Image: Rockwell Collins' Flight2 avionics system has been selected for the upgrade of Pakistan Air Force’s C-130 aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Rockwell Collins.