BAE Systems is to modify two used BAe 146 transports for the U.K. Ministry of Defence under an urgent operational requirement deal to support operations in Afghanistan. "The C-17 and CS Project Team intends to place a contract with BAE Systems (Operations) for the upgrade of two second-hand civil BAe.146-200 quick change aircraft," the MoD said on Feb. 11th.
The deal will include the design, installation, test and certification of modifications required to allow the passenger type to enter military service, it added. These will include the installation of defensive aids system equipment to meet the U.K.'s theatre-entry standard for operations in Afghanistan. (Source: flightglobal.com)