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NETPark technology firm Filtronic picks up near £10 million contracts

A County Durham technology firm has secured two contracts worth a near combined £10 million.

Filtronic will supply power amplifier modules for low earth orbit satellite communications equipment.

The firm, which operates a site on Sedgefield’s NETPark, will also send radio frequency electronic modules to a UK defence sector operator.

Bosses say its amplifier apparatus – known as Cerus32, and carrying a contract value of £4.8 million – will be installed in ground station locations as part of earth station antenna deployment.

They add delivery of its defence equipment – worth £4.5 million – includes a product qualification phase beginning in January 2024, with delivery of final units scheduled over a 12-month period starting in the final quarter of next year.

Richard Gibbs, chief executive, said: “The customer has always valued the flexibility of the Cerus32 design, and with this new contract is keen to take advantage of the additional power our second-generation product provides.

“The second contract is yet another example of our ability to support the UK defence industry.”