Esterline CMC Electronics has been awarded two key contracts to provide its high-performance avionics systems for the AN­124 transport aircraft operated by Antonov Airlines, and for the AN­148/158/178 series.

Under the terms of the first contract, CMC will supply its CMA­9000 flight management system, CMA­5024 GPS sensor and MFD­2068 multifunction display in a dual configuration for the upgrade of seven AN­124s.

For the second contract, the company will provide dual CMA­9000 FMSs and five MFD­3068 multifunction displays for 60 new-production AN­148/158/178s that are destined for commercial and military customers.

Pilatus Aircraft has awarded CMC contracts to provide avionics for the Royal Australian Air Force’s forthcoming fleet of 49 PC­21 turboprop trainers, deliveries of which will start in June 2017, and for eight PC-21s ordered by the Royal Jordanian Air Force. The company will supply four CHDD­268 cockpit head­down displays and two smart MFD­2068 multifunction displays that are in the PC-21’s front and rear cockpits; dual flight management systems; GPS landing system sensors; and head-up displays.

CMC has been selected to carry out a glass cockpit avionics upgrade on a further seven Finnish Air Force BAE Hawk jet trainers. Finland’s existing upgraded Hawk fleet provides basic and advanced training at Tikkakoski Air Base for pilots destined for Boeing F/A­18C/D-equipped frontline squadrons. This new contract covers the adaptation of CMC’s Cockpit 4000 integrated avionics suite for an additional seven Hawk Mk51s currently held in reserve that still have their original analogue avionics. Upon completion, the Finnish Air Force will have a fleet of 31 glass cockpit-upgraded Hawk Mk51s and Mk66s.

Esterline’s Korry Electronics division has introduced its Quick Switch LED­illuminated 5/8­inch switch. By focusing on streamlining its lean manufacturing processes, Korry has reduced production time of the most popular versions of the switch to just three days after receipt of order.

CMC has made the milestone delivery of its 3,500th high-gain satcom antenna system. The unit has been installed on a Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 777. CMC’s latest CMA­2102SB high-gain satcom antenna system supports Inmarsat Aero­H+, Swift64 and SwiftBroadband satellite communications services. CMC has been supplying satcom antenna systems to the aviation industry for more than 25 years, and has delivered electronically steered, phased array, high-gain and intermediate-gain systems for use with the Inmarsat satellite network to some 120 airline customers as well as to OEMs, military, corporate and VIP customers.