Jacobs Engineering Group has been awarded a task order by the US Air Force (USAF) 53rd Wing operations.

The contract has more than four years and nine months of performance period and is valued at $204.9m, if all options are exercised.

As part of the contract, the company will provide information technology support for the USAF's weapons and computer systems related to systems development and operational activities.

"This award reinforces our commitment to offer innovation and best practice solutions to the weapons system integration, cyber security and IT markets."

Jacobs aerospace and technology senior vice-president Darren Kraabel said: “This win builds on Jacobs’ longstanding partnership with the US Air Force, ranging from research and development to test and evaluation, as well as support for complex IT and network programmes.

“This award reinforces our commitment to offer innovation and best practice solutions to the weapons system integration, cyber security and IT markets.”

In addition, the task order covers a wide range of support to weapon systems engineering and integration solutions, network solutions, test and evaluation network support, cyber security, software, computer systems development, network systems operation, and operational test and evaluation support.

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Jacobs will also provide support to related US Department of Defense agency military operations, including the Foreign Partners and Foreign Military Sales defence programmes.

Work under the deal will be primarily performed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, with plans to carry out certain additional services at Nellis, Creech, Tyndall and Lackland Air Force bases, as well as the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in the US.

The 53rd Wing is responsible for operational testing and evaluation of new equipment and systems proposed for use by the Combat Air Forces in electronic warfare, armament and avionics, chemical defence, reconnaissance and aircrew training devices.

It comprises four groups and employs more than 2,200 military and civilians at 22 various locations throughout the US.