Will Market New Cockpit AvionicsFor Hawk Mk50/60, 100 Series
CMC Electronics has signed a teaming
agreement with Patria Aviation of Finland for the exclusive
marketing of cockpit avionics upgrades of BAE Systems Hawk Mk50/60
and 100 series trainer aircraft. The upgrades will be offered to
existing Hawk Mk50/60 and 100 series operators.
Patria is a strategic partner with the Finnish Air Force in the
assembly, maintenance, logistics support, systems development,
simulator upgrade and avionics integration of their military
aircraft. CMC representatives tell ANN Patria has extensive
knowledge and capabilities to perform modifications to the Hawk
Mk50 and Mk60 series aircraft.
Patria has a leading role in the marketing and sales of Hawk
training for foreign military customers both at the Nordic Pilot
Training Centre at Kauhava Air Force Base or at a military
customer's own training bases. The aircraft utilized include
upgraded glass cockpit Hawk jet trainers.
The glass cockpit avionics upgrades offered will include the
replacement of existing analogue instruments or digital equipment
with CMC Electronics' flexible, scalable combination of Head-Up
Display, Mission Computer, 5x7 inch Multi Function Displays, Up
Front Control Panels, HUD repeater for the rear seat instructor,
INS/GPS, air data computer, digital data recorder, full operational
flight program software, including live and simulated weapon
delivery, and embedded training.
"The upgrades offered will use CMC Electronics' glass cockpit
avionics together with Patria's training services and Hawk aircraft
capabilities to offer a complete solution for customers' training
needs," said Jean-Pierre Mortreux, president and CEO, CMC
CMC Electronics' Cockpit 4000 glass cockpit avionics were
selected by Patria for its upgrade of 15 BAE Systems Hawk trainers
for the Finnish Air Force in February 2007. The upgrade aims to
further increase the quality of flight training, by improving the
Hawk jet trainers' training efficiency and extending the training
that is currently carried out on Hawk aircraft.
Patria currently supports a fleet of 67 BAE Systems Hawks for
the Finnish Air Force, the majority of which were assembled by
Patria. Patria also has responsibility for maintaining the Hawks
during their in service life as well as performing