BAE Systems Earns Air Force Contract


BAE will likely hire more employees for defense jobs thanks to a new contract.

BAE Systems recently announced a new contract obtained from the U.S. Air Force worth approximately $23 million. The defense company will develop and test new computers, integrate existing software and manufacture installation kits for C-130 aircraft.

The contract will pay for new integrated computer systems for 37 planes based at the Air Force Materiel Command at Warner Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. BAE Systems' facilities at the Warner Robins base, in San Antonio, Texas, and the company's other government locations will conduct the work.

Officials with BAE Systems said they were proud that the company was awarded yet another Air Force contract.

"This win further strengthens our position in the market for developing and upgrading aircraft mission computers," explained Gordon Eldridge, vice president and general manager of Aerospace Solutions at BAE, in a statement. "We continue to expand on our support to the C-130 community."

According to the company's website, BAE is the world's second largest defense and security firm, posting sales of more than $35 billion in 2010 and employing 100,000 workers in defense jobs, intelligence jobs and other professions that require security clearance.