US-based Tempus Applied Solutions' subsidiary has received a contract to provide airborne threat simulation services to the US Navy and its Research Development Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) function.
Awarded to Tempus Jets, the estimated $25m contract has a base performance period of five years and is administered by the US Department of Interior.
Under the contract, Tempus will supply its Learjet 35A and Learjet 60 aircraft to the navy. These aircraft have been modified to include threat simulation devices, target towing equipment and military communications capabilities.
Tempus CEO Scott Terry said: "We are honoured to have been awarded this contract by the Department of Interior.
"We are excited for the opportunity to apply some newer technology and operational processes to the US Navy threat simulation and RDT&E community."
The aircraft provided by Tempus will be deployed in Navy threat simulation and training exercises in the continental US and Hawaii.
Delivery of services under the contract will start in the fourth quarter of this year.
Over the last 30 years or more, the contractor-provided electronic warfare (EW) aircraft and target tow services have been used by the US navy in support of critical naval missions and the surface ship weapons system test and evaluation programme.
Tempus is planning to use its new, highly-modified fleet of EW aircraft to extend its services throughout the electronic warfare and specialised services community.
Image: A Learjet 35A aircraft during a flight. Photo: courtesy of JetPix.