Petards secures £4.5m MOD contract

The Gateshead-based Petards Joyce-Loebl has been appointed to modify countermeasures equipment on aircraft

Advanced security and surveillance systems company Petards has been awarded a contract worth more than £4.5m by the Ministry of Defence

Petards Joyce-Loebl, which is based in Gateshead, will be undertaking a modification programme relating to countermeasures equipment fitted to certain aircraft within the MOD’s in-service fleet.

The contract will see the replacement of obsolete components within ALE-47 Threat Adaptive Countermeasure Dispensing System (TACDS) Programmers, which form part of the integrated Defensive Aids Suite installed in the RAF’s C-130 J transport aircraft, Merlin Mk.3, Chinook Mk.2, 2A, 3, and 6, as well as Puma helicopters.

Petards Joyce-Loebl is the UK Design Organisation and co-ordinating Design Authority for the ALE-47 TACDS.

The project, which will start immediately, is expected to contribute to revenues in the current financial year as well as the following two, with the largest proportion falling within 2015.

It is anticipated that the project will be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2016.

Petards chairman Raschid Abdullah said: “This order is a great achievement for Petards Joyce-Loebl and is a result of its expertise in electronic countermeasures which has been built up over many years.

“The company has a long heritage in providing electronic countermeasure systems and services that help to protect the lives of the UK’s service personnel and the aircraft in which they serve and is proud to be given the opportunity to work with MOD on this programme.”

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