BAe Systems has been awarded a contract worth over £150 million ($230 million)
from the British Ministry of Defense for the Harrier GR.9 maintainment and
According to BAe sources, the total value of this program is expected to exceed
£500 million (about $800 million) over the next two years.
GR.9 program will give Harrier GR.7 updated digital systems. Integration and
clearance of digital weapons will allow the RAF to hit a wider range of targets
at longer range. Harrier GR.9 will be enabled to carry and to deliver smart
weapons like Brimstone anti-armor missile and precision-guided bombs. Harrier
GR.9 will support integration of legacy weapons like Maverick and Sidewinder
AIM-9L missiles too.
This program also includes upgrading of two-seater TMk10 training aircraft to
TMk12, equivalent of the Harrier GR.9 standard.
The first Harrier GR.9 aircraft are planned to enter operational service by
2006. Final delivery of Harrier GR.9 aircraft is due by 2007.
Gr.9 upgrade will be applied to 40 Harrier GR.7, only 30 of these aircraft will
be deployed and operated by the RAF and RN squadrons.
Harrier GR.9 will be powered with Pegasus Mk107 engines, a more powerful upgrade
of existing Pegasus Mk105 engines.
Harrier GR.9 is aimed to provide a smooth transition to the F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter selected by MoD in 2002 for the CVX program.
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