The Government has shortlisted two bids for the RAF’s £750m airborne stand-off radar (Astor) programme.
Teams led by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon E-Systems will give the Ministry of Defence their final, or `revise and confirm’ offers for Astor in September or October.
Another Lockheed Martin bid, offering a version of the U-2 aircraft, and the Jstars bid from Northrop Grumman were eliminated.
The contract for five Astor aircraft and nine ground stations is to be awarded early next year. Both Lockheed Martin and Raytheon E-Systems have teamed up with British firms for Astor.
In Lockheed Martin’s case, these include Racal, which would supply the radar, plus Marshall and GEC-Marconi. Both the latter firms are also included in the Raytheon E-Systems bid, which includes Shorts and Raytheon Cossor.