Jacobs Engineering has been contracted to continue developing software that will support the fleet of the US Air Force’s (USAF) Air Mobility and Air Combat Command aircraft.

The contract for USAF communication, navigation, surveillance/air traffic management (CNS/ATM) software development is valued at $34.6m.

As part of the five-year deal, Jacobs will continue software development previously done under the Global Mobility and Special Mission Mission Planning Software Development and Sustainment contract.

The contract covers design, development and delivery of CNS / ATM compliant software, which produces aircraft-readable navigational databases for the C-5, C-17, KC-10, KC-135, E-3 DRAGON, and EC-130H aircraft.

Jacobs Aerospace and Technology senior vice-president Darren Kraabel said: “Building on our long history of supporting the US armed forces, this contract continues Jacobs’ legacy in providing safety of flight software to the airforce, specifically its navigational data needs.

“The software suite Jacobs is providing will enable more precise navigation of US Air Force aircraft.”

“The software suite Jacobs is providing will enable more precise navigation of US Air Force aircraft.”

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Jacobs is also tasked with providing data validation of National Geospatial Agency aviation datasets and support for foreign military services aircraft platforms.

Work under the contract will be carried out at the Jacobs Software Engineering Center in Nashua, New Hampshire, US.

In March, Jacobs Engineering was awarded a $204.9m task order by the USAF 53rd Wing operations.

As part of the agreement, the company was tasked with providing information technology support for the USAF’s weapons and computer systems related to systems development and operational activities.