The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded BAE Systems a contract – known as Capability C2 – worth about £100 million to continue the £500 million-plus Harrier GR9 sustainment and upgrade programme.
The GR9 programme is providing the RAF’s GR7 fleet with updated digital systems and enhanced operational capability.
According to BAE Systems, integration and clearance of digital weapons will allow the RAF to hit a wider range of targets harder, at longer range and with less risk to aircrew. The programme also includes an upgrade to the two-seater TMk10 training aircraft to TMk12, the equivalent of the GR9 standard.
Under Capability C2 a number of systems will be integrated onto the GR9, linked by a new on-board computer. These include the Precision Guided Bomb and infra red and television variants of the Maverick missile. Also included is the Successor Identification Friend or Foe (SIFF) system, which will make the aircraft less vulnerable in an operational environment.