Raytheon secures support, sustainment contract for Royal air force Shadow fleet

LONDON. Officials at the Ministry of Defence selected Raytheon UK to deliver support and sustainment services for the Royal air force's (RAF) Shadow aircraft fleet. The contract spans over the next 11 years and is valued at approximately $316 million (£250 million).

Under contract, Raytheon will provide Shadow aircraft maintenance, airworthiness management, design organization, and supply chain support. Work is scheduled to begin in April 2019 at Raytheon's intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) hub in North Wales.

Raytheon UK will also support aircraft modification design and integration under the contract, which serves as an enabling agreement to upgrade the aircraft to the Mk2 version. Capability and upgrade services will be included at Broughton, North Wales.

Officials state that Raytheon UK will collaborate with the MOD Defence Equipment and Support Fixed Wing Manned Airborne Surveillance delivery team on availability support, modifications and capability upgrades to the fleet.