|The U.S. Navy's C-26 pilot school aircraft will receive a radar upgrade as part of a $7.5 million contract awarded to Elbit Systems of America. Photo: U.S. Navy|
[Avionics Today 05-09-2016] The U.S. Navy awarded Elbit Systems of America subsidiary M7 Aerospace, a $7.5 million firm fixed-price contract to perform modifications on United States Naval Test Pilot School's (USNTPS) C-26 aircraft.
Elbit Systems of America, the type certificate holder for the C-26, will install an Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) upgrade and a Finmeccanica, Vixen 500E Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar on the Navy's C-26 aircraft. The modification will replace the existing weather radar with an ASEA radar that meets the United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) requirements for training and supportability, and Navy Test Wing Atlantic (NTWL) Open Architecture (OA) flying test bed requirements.
M7 Aerospace will complete the C-26 modifications by September 2016.