The Ministry of Defence this week awarded an army contract worth £350m for the Cobra artillery location radar to the Euro-Art consortium, which will provide at least eight years of work for British industry.
Cobra, a concept originated in 1983 to warn artillery units of hostile bombardment, is split between UK, French and German partners and is run by the Munich-based Euro-Art consortium.
This comprises Britain’s Racal Radar and Defence Systems, plus France’s Thomson-CSF, the German Daimler-Benz subsidiary SI Sicherungstechnik, and the US’s Lockheed Martin.
With a 20% workshare, Racal expects to receive work worth £85m on Cobra.
Euro-Art won a £100m development contract in 1990, but contractual and policy wrangles and tight defence budgets have delayed an order since.