Some U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (Navair) aircraft are now compliant with the FAA’s ADS-B mandate, thanks to Rockwell Collins. The company said it recently completed servicing three of the Navy’s platforms.
Rockwell Collins said that in “an industry first,” it implemented ADS-B Out software on three different Navair platforms: The Northrop Grumman C-2A and E2-C, and the Lockheed Martin P-3C. The ADS-B solution was integrated with the aircraft’s flight management systems.
“The mandates are quickly approaching and we’re enabling the P-3 community to achieve compliance,” said Dave Schreck, VP and general manager of airborne solutions for Rockwell Collins. “We have a long history of success with each of these platforms, lowering the risk associated with this type of upgrade.”
According to Rockwell Collins, the initial software underwent flight testing and was confirmed production-ready without any adjustments required. This integration and implementation can pave the way for other platform certifications with similar transponder types, the company said, such as the Lockheed Martin C-130 and C-5.