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NH Business Newsreel: BAE secures F-35 contract

May 22. 2018 11:19PM
Airman 1st Class Eric Ruiz-Garcia, 63rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, performs an inspection on an F-35A Lightning II at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona on Dec. 1. 

NASHUA — BAE Systems has received a contract from Lockheed Martin worth more than $100 million to ensure the readiness of critical electronic warfare systems on the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft, the company announced Tuesday.

Under the five-year contract, BAE Systems will manage the supply chain and establish the infrastructure necessary to make sure the systems are mission capable and available to warfighters.

The electronic warfare suite for the F-35, called the AN/ASQ-239 system, protects the aircraft with advanced technology for critical missions, the company said. The system’s avionics and sensors provide a real-time, 360-degree view of the battlespace, helping to maximize detection ranges and provide the pilot with options to evade, engage, counter, or jam threats.

Foundation donates $360,000 to UNH

DURHAM — The University of New Hampshire’s Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) has received a $360,000 gift from the Patten Family Foundation to expand several programs that provide financial support for entrepreneurial students.

“I have met so many students who never dreamed they could launch their ideas into reality until they took part in programs at the ECenter.” said Harry Patten, founder of the Patten Family Foundation and a 1958 graduate of UNH.

Patten’s prior gifts helped to launch a paid summer internship program for students to work with the founder or cofounder of a startup company and the ECenter’s i2 Passport program, which rewards students with credit for every activity or event they participate in on campus that focuses on ideas, innovation, or entrepreneurship.

Nonprofit chapter plans fundraiser

MANCHESTER — Kids’ Chance NH, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to children who have been injured in a work-related accident, is planning a kickoff event and fundraiser from 4:30 to 7 p.m. May 30 at XO on Elm, 827 Elm St.

Robert Clyatt, a workers’ compensation attorney from Valdosta, Ga., founded the first Kids’ Chance organization in 1988, according to the nonprofit’s website ( With assistance from the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Georgia Bar, Clyatt incorporated Kids’ Chance of Georgia and began raising money to fund educational scholarships for the children of injured Georgia workers.

The nonprofit has since expanded to 41 states and has distributed $18 million in scholarship funds. The New Hampshire chapter launched in November. For more information email or (603) 314-0615.


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