BAE wins $400 million deal for U.S. Navy aircraft

WASHINGTON Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:08am EST

BAE Systems employees walk together at Roysth naval yard in Rosyth, Scotland October 2, 2012. REUTERS/David Moir

BAE Systems employees walk together at Roysth naval yard in Rosyth, Scotland October 2, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/David Moir

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. unit of Britain's BAE Systems Plc (BAES.L) said it has won a contract valued at up to $400 million over the next five years to maintain and service more than 300 U.S. Navy trainer aircraft.

BAE said on Thursday that the contract, which covers inspections, repairs and logistical support for the Navy's T-34, T-44 and T-6 trainer aircraft, would help it expand its services business.

It was a major win for BAE, which beat out incumbent Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp (UTX.N), and L-3 Communications Holdings Inc (LLL.N) to secure the contract.

The contract includes an initial base term plus multiple options. It will cover five years if all options are exercised.

(Reporting By Andrea Shalal-Esa; Editing by Matt Driskill)

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