The long-anticipated, much delayed selection of a preferred bidder for the UK's $1.3-billion Airborne Standoff Radar
(ASTOR) program was made just prior to press time in simultaneous announcements out of London and the Paris Air Show.
Over the next five years,Raytheon will equip four aircraft with Astor - Airborne Standoff Radar
- in an pounds 800m deal with the Ministry of Defence.
In about three weeks the new Global Express aircraft from Canadian manu-facturer Bombardier, will fly into Broughton for fitting.Astor - Airborne Standoff Radar
- is a sophisticated radar system fitted on aircraft, giving all-weather, day and night imagery of the ground, which can be analysed on board the aircraft and transmitted almost instantly to ground stations - or battle commanders.
Up to 30 Raytheon workers at Broughton will be recruited to work on the $1.3bn Airborne Standoff Radar
(ASTOR) system by the end of this year and another 80 by the end of 2003.
But under the deal - which is subject to US Government approval - Raytheon will retain its huge order to develop ASTOR - Airborne Standoff Radar
- for the British Government.