The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded a contract extension to Ultra Electronics to continue the in-service support for the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Litening III RD and EF targeting pods fleet.
The in-service support will provide advanced targeting and reconnaissance capability for the RAF’s Eurofighter Typhoon and GR4 Tornado fighter aircraft fleets.
The latest Litening Pod support extension, along with the outstanding amount from the original contract awarded in July 2006, is valued at £80.4m.
Ultra chief executive Rakesh Sharma said: "Our dedicated support resource underpins the success of the Litening Pod’s mission availability and demonstrates Ultra’s commitment to delivering outstanding customer support."
The contract modification supplements the original contract through an increase in scope in the wake of the expanding fleets.
The support will be provided by Ultra’s Communication & Integrated Systems business.
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The company’s Litening Support Centre separately offers systems engineering support to the fleet and conducts test and repair of all Litening components.
Manufactured by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Litening III is a third-generation advanced airborne laser targeting pod designed to help aircraft crews locate, recognise and track surface targets and also designate weapon impact points.
Image: A UK Royal Air Force GR4 Tornado shows off a payload including Paveway bomb, Brimstone missile and Litening targeting pod. Photo: courtesy of Corporal Mike Jones/ MOD.