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Leonardo contracted by UK for Typhoon countermeasures upgrades

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Leonardo will receive a contract worth $51 million to upgrade the Defensive Aids Sub System electronic countermeasures and missile warning system on Britain's Typhoon fighter jets.

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British Defense Secretary Sir Michael Fallon announced the contract at the Airpower Conference in London on Thursday.

The upgrade program will run over a two-year period as part of Britain's efforts to modernize the fighter plane.

"Our armed forces face ever-evolving threats so we must invest in cutting-edge technology to ensure they can operate in hostile theaters," Fallon said in a press release.

"Our growing defense budget and [$230 billion] equipment plan makes this possible; giving UK forces the defenses they need to protect them, their kit and the people of Britain."

The DASS provides warning against enemy ground and air-launched radar-guided missiles.

It automatically deploys jamming and radar decoys at extended ranges to confuse the incoming missile's guidance system.


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