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Australian Defense Force to Equip PC-21s with UTC TRN

By Juliet Van Wagenen | June 13, 2016
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Australian Defense Force PC-21. Photo: Australian Defense Force

[Avionics Today 06-13-2016] Switzerland’s Pilatus Aircraft has selected UTC Aerospace Systems’ Terrain Referenced Navigation (TRN) system to equip the Australian Defense Force (ADF) PC-21 next generation training aircraft. The Terprom software will equip all 49 ADF PC-21 aircraft in Australia’s fleet, providing trainee crews with drift-free terrain referenced navigation, predictive ground collision avoidance and obstruction warning and cueing. UTC Aerospace Systems will also provide Pilatus with simulator software for the ADF’s ground based training equipment.

Terprom is a navigation solution currently in use with 14 nations on more than 5,000 aircraft worldwide, according to UTC.  At its heart sits the TRN function, which delivers navigation even where GPS is denied. Using on-board sensors and a loaded digital map, Terprom provides ground collision avoidance and obstruction warning without any forward electronic emissions.

The technology is already in use on the Australian jet trainers, allowing a commonality for crew across training systems.

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