Thales UK has been awarded a £98.4 million ($137m) contract extension to maintain the Short-Range Air Defence (SHORAD) for the Royal Marines and British Army.
The contract, initially awarded in 2018, aims to modernise and develop the missile systems under the Future Air Defence Availability Project (F-ADAPT) programme.
According to a statement issued by the British Government, the latest contract comes as a five-year extension to the original contract.
Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said: “During these uncertain times, I am delighted that the investment of over £98m will protect over 100 skilled jobs in Belfast. I would like to congratulate all those involved who have secured this vital investment.”
The SHORAD missile systems can be fired from three platform variants and can deliver ‘rapid potent attack capability’.
The three platform variants include a ‘Shoulder-Launch’ for single fire, a ‘Lightweight Multiple Launcher’ capable of firing three missiles via a tripod, and a ‘Self-Propelled launcher’ to fire up to eight missiles from a Stormer armoured vehicle.