Rockwell will equip P-3 aircraft with its Flight2 integrated avionics system as part of the agreement, which is expected to help the navy comply with upcoming mandates for unrestricted global airspace operation.
The integrated avionics upgrade will convert the aircraft’s flight deck into a large, all-glass cockpit that to allow the pilot to view critical information on the primary and multi-function flight displays, as well as the engine instrument display system.
The aircraft will also be equipped with integrated communications and identification friend or foe (IFF) Mode 5 capabilities to ensure mission readiness.
ROCKWELL COLLINS Airborne Solutions vice-president and general manager Dave Schreck said: “P-3 pilots will experience a whole new level of flight through greater situational awareness, improved communications capabilities and useful alerts.
“They’ll be able to achieve their missions more effectively to make it home safely.”
The Flight2 integrated avionics system comprises a suite of communications, navigation and surveillance equipment that integrates new-generation avionics with legacy sensors, radios, autopilot and aircraft systems, Rockwell stated.
Flight2 is also architecture-compliant with communications, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management systems (CNS/ATM).
The system is currently installed on 15 Greek C-130s, in addition to flying on more than 900 fixed-wing aircraft, including the KC-135, KC-10, C-130 P-3, C-2A, E-2C and E-3.
The P-3 can be used for submarine hunting, over-land peacekeeping and surveillance, targeting strike points on the ground and relaying real-time video surveillance.
The aircraft are also able to assist by scouting ahead of ground convoys, warning of potential dangers and protecting shipping lanes, among other functions.