- MBDA awarded three separate contract worth a combined GBP539 million.
- Each contract is in part geared at protecting the UK's two future Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.
MBDA announced on 21 April three new air-, land-, and sea-based contracts with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) valued at a combined GBP539 million (USD690 million).
The first contract concerns integration of the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) onto the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) for the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Navy (RN), and is valued at GBP41 million. The weapon is due to enter service with the Eurofighter Typhoon on 2018 and with the F-35B in 2024.
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