Defence and electronics specialist Ultra - which has a major facility at Rugeley in Staffordshire - has landed a contract worth an initial £15 million to supply and support airborne laser targeting pods for RAF Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft

Ultra's Sonar & Communication Systems business, based in Greenford, Middlesex, has been selected by the MoD to supply and support the pods for the new warplane.

The total value of the initial contract for 20 pods is expected to be about £15 million.

The pods will help provide Typhoon with a multi-role capability.

It will help aircraft crews locate, recognise and track surface targets and to designate weapon impact points.