US Navy to Procure $7M Worth of ADS-B for T-6s

By S.L. Fuller | November 1, 2017
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MILLINGTON, Tenn., (Aug. 28, 2012) T-6B Texan II training aircraft assigned to Training Wing (TRAWING) 5 from Pensacola, Fla., are staged on the tarmac at Millington Regional Jetport after being evacuated from their home station in preparation for Hurricane Isaac. The aircraft will remain in Millington until the storm passes. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ty C. Connors

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The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (Navair) wants more ADS-B kits for T-6 training aircraft. The Navy would receive 251 kits, while the Army would receive four. Textron Aviation Defense is now under contract to deliver them by September 2018.

Worth more than $7.7 million, this ADS-B deal has been awarded as a contract modification. According to the U.S. Defense Department, Navair exercised an option for the procurement of 255 ADS-B production kits. Work is to be performed in Wichita, Kansas.

The Navy operates the T-6A Texan II, for which Raytheon Aircraft Company was the original contractor. It first became operational 15 years ago. It is one component of the Air Force-led Joint Primary Aircraft Training System, which aims to replace Navy T-34C and Air Force T-37B aircraft, Navair said. The program uses commercial-off-the-shelf subsystems.

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