UK awards GBP30 million Mosquito ‘loyal wingman' contract

<p>The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has contracted Spirit Aerosystems in Belfast to lead the design and manufacture of a prototype ‘loyal wingman’ for the Royal Air Force (RAF).</p>
<div class=”container”> <img src=”[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]a412853e-4569-40be-9eaf-8b8696fd5fc4?sfvrsn=6a7bc544_2″ alt=”An artist’s impression of a Mosquito ‘loyal wingman’ being developed for the UK under the wider LANCA programme. (Crown Copyright)”> <p class=”text-body text-sm-center text-muted small”>An artist’s impression of a Mosquito ‘loyal wingman’ being developed for the UK under the wider LANCA programme. (Crown Copyright)</p></div>
<p>The GBP30 million (USD41 million) award announced by the MoD on 25 January relates to the second phase of Project Mosquito, which is geared at developing and proving a technology demonstrator as part of the wider Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA) programme.</p>
<p>“[The] UK’s first fleet of uncrewed fighter aircraft [took] a step closer with GBP30 million contract awarded to Spirit Aerosystems, to design and manufacture a prototype capable of providing a battle-winning advantage to the RAF,” the service said on its official Twitter account.</p>
<p>Project Mosquito was first disclosed by the RAF’s Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) in July 2019. At that time, three Phase 1 contracts were awarded to Blue Bear Systems Research, Boeing Defence UK, and Callen-Lenz (Team Blackdawn, partnered with Bombardier Belfast and Northrop Grumman UK). Since this time, Bombardier Belfast has come under the control of Spirit Aerosystems.</p>
<p>Project ‘Mosquito’ is divided into two phases. Phase 1 (also referred to as Phase I) has seen these teams produce a preliminary system design for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and assessm the major risk areas and cost-capability trade-offs for an operational concept over a period of 12 months. </p>
Source: IHS Jane’s 360
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