The US Air Force (USAF) has selected Northrop Grumman for the $20.9bn training systems acquisition III (TSA III) indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity contract (IDIQ).

TSA III is designed to support warfighter training systems at USAF operating locations worldwide. It will cover the execution of the sustainment and modernisation of all USAF pilot and aircrew training systems.

Northrop Grumman Technical Services mission solutions and readiness division vice-president and general manager Greg Schmidt said: "For more than 70 years, Northrop Grumman has provided our customers innovative training solutions.

"We look forward to providing the U.S. Air Force these state-of-the-art warfighter training capabilities that are critical to ensuring mission success."

"We look forward to providing the U.S. Air Force these state-of-the-art warfighter training capabilities that are critical to ensuring mission success."

The USAF has selected 12 companies for this contract for a period of more than ten years.

As part of this development, Northrop Grumman is expected to deliver its specialised training services and products in order to offer air and ground forces with a full spectrum of cost-effective, integrated mission solutions.

Recently, the USAF selected Raytheon as one of the prime contractors on the TSA III contract.

With this development, Raytheon will be able to bid on delivery orders under this ten-year multiple award, IDIQ contract.

The company will compete to offer lifecycle management for aircrew, maintenance and systems-specific training systems on a global basis.

The USAF also selected Cubic Global Defense (CGD) to compete for the TSA III contract.