HL Deb 15 June 1999 vol 602 cc20-1WA
Baroness Young of Old Scone

asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in determining the outcome of the competition for the Airborne Stand-Off Radar. [HL2995]

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Gilbert)

A consortium led by Raytheon Systems Ltd has been chosen as the preferred bidder for the development, production and in-service support of ASTOR, the Airborne Stand-Off Radar system. The consortium includes Short Brothers, Motorola UK Ltd., GEC Marconi Avionics and Marshall SV.

The ASTOR Main Operating Base will be at RAF Waddington.

The project management team will be located in the United Kingdom, and the prime contractor will place work representing 100 per cent. of the contract value with UK firms. The project will be managed by the Defence Procurement Agency under Smart Procurement principles, with an Integrated Project Team involving representatives from industry and the Services. The likely value of the contract is about £800 million.