FARNBOROUGH -- Recent wins for avionics on the Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan and the Airbus Helicopters EC645 T2 underscore an increasing focus on rotorcraft and military aircraft at Esterline CMC Electronics.

“We have been expanding in our evolution from a supplier to OEMs to more of a partner,” says CMC Electronics’ president, Greg Yeldon. “Sharing in development of specific technologies means we can tailor solutions to the customer’s requirements.”

While looking to forward-fit, CMC also provides retrofit cockpits (including Flight Management Systems, mission computers and GPS landing systems) for older aircraft, such as the C-130 transport. The modern equipment will allow the aircraft to fly in CNS/ATM Next Gen airspace, which takes effect in Europe in 2017 and the rest of the world from 2020.

“All these capabilities are inherent in our products,” says Yeldon.

Faced with having to operate in more complex environments with a growing number of aging fleets, militaries around the world have two choices: replace their equipment, or upgrade as a low-cost solution. “The trends are favoring exactly the businesses where we play,” says Yeldon.

Airbus Helicopters selected the latest versions of CMC’s CMA-9000 Flight Management System (FMS) and CMA-5024 GPS Landing System for the new EC645 T2, its latest light-twin military multi-role helicopter, based on the EC145. The CMA-9000 will provide both flight management and radio management capability, including the control of tactical radios. The EC645 T2 is scheduled to be certified during the first half of 2015.

“The EC645 T2 will be able to leverage the CMA-9000’s unique combination of civil certification, advanced tactical functions and radio management capability,” says Yeldon.

The same equipment has also been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on the AS332L1e and AS332C1e Super Puma from Airbus Helicopters.

Well over 1,000 CMC flight management systems are in service on a variety of Airbus helicopters.

The CMA-9000 supports both military and civil navigation modes, with compliance with the latest standards for Required Navigation Performance (RNP) and Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) approaches. Night Vision Goggles (NVG) capability enables night-time operations for police, SAR and emergency-medical-service operators.

The equipment also forms the basis for CMC’s Cockpit 9000 upgrade for transport aircraft, which is on display here at Hall 1, Booth B11.

CMC is also showing its Cockpit 4000 NexGen avionics technology demonstrator, a glass cockpit designed for military trainer and intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR)/attack aircraft. It features CMC’s SparrowHawk digital Head-Up Display, a Large Area Display (LAD) with touchscreen and an open architecture mission computer. The proven Cockpit 4000 is flying on several major trainer and light-attack platforms, such as the T-6B and T-6C, KT-1C and KT-1T, Hawk Mk51 and MK66.