Petards wins defence aids contract

Petards Joyce-Loebl has been awarded a contract worth over £1m by the Ministry of Defence to supply airborne chaff and flare dispensing equipment

The Ministry of Defence has awarded Gateshead-based Petards Joyce-Loebl a contract worth over £1m to supply airborne chaff and flare dispensing equipment.

The gear will form part of a suite of integrated defensive aids to be installed on rotary wing aircraft. Deliveries are expected to commence in early 2008 and should be completed by the end of that year. The defensive aids suite is designed to protect the aircraft from a range of ground launched missiles including shoulder-launched man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS) that are in widespread use.

This is the latest in a series of contract awards to Petards for equipment used on the UK’s military aircraft including the RAF’s C-130 J and K transport aircraft, Merlin Mk.3, Chinook Mk.2, and Puma helicopters, the Royal Navy’s Sea King Mk.4 and Lynx helicopters, and the British Army’s Lynx Mk.9 helicopters.

Petards’ chief executive Bill Conn said: ‘I am delighted that the Ministry of Defence has again selected Petards Joyce-Loebl to work with them on such an important project. This order together with the previous systems supplied has established Petards as one of the UK’s leading suppliers of countermeasures dispensing equipment.’