Cobham, SRC Announce T-6A Fleet ADS-B Out Upgrade Completion

Scientific Research Corporation (SRC) and Cobham Aerospace Connectivity announced on-time completion of ADS-B Out compliance for the U.S. Government’s Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) fleet of T-6A aircraft.

SRC, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, has successfully retrofitted over 500 aircraft and aircrew training devices with new ADS-B Out-compliant transponders and Cobham’s upgraded RMS 555 Radio Management System.

Cobham’s RMS 555 software/firmware upgrade significantly reduced installation costs and simplified the aircraft modification work by minimizing changes to the aircraft configuration and pilot operations.

John Payne, General Manager North America, Cobham Aerospace Connectivity: “This successful program is indicative of Cobham’s commitment to full life-cycle product support by helping our customers adapt to changing technological and regulatory requirements. Completion of this program on-time and on-budget stands as a notable achievement for this business, for our partner SRC, and our mutual end customer, the JPATS program operations.”

The Beechcraft T-6 Texan II is a single-engine turboprop trainer aircraft built by the Raytheon Aircraft Company (which became Hawker Beechcraft and later Beechcraft Defense Company, and was bought by Textron Aviation in 2014).

Based on the Pilatus PC-9, the T-6 has replaced the U.S. Air Force’s Cessna T-37B Tweet and the Navy’s T-34C Turbo Mentor. The T-6A is used by the U.S. Force for basic pilot training and Combat Systems Officer (CSO) training, and the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps for primary and intermediate Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training.

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