Tue, May 09, 2006
Aero-News has learned that NASA has
awarded Boeing a competitively bid contract to modify the
communication, navigation and electrical systems of an S-3B Viking
aircraft the space agency plans to use for research.
NASA obtained the retired S-3B from the US Navy for research
requirements for the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH.
The contract marks the first time an S-3B has been made available
for non-military applications since the Navy announced its decision
to retire the Viking fleet.
The contract also follows the successful S-3B Viking
modification program between the Navy and Boeing from 2000 through
2005, when Boeing installed more than 500 modifications into the
Navy's S-3B anti-submarine warfare, all-weather aircraft fleet.
The NASA upgrade includes the installation of Baker audio
panels, and upgraded navigation equipment such as weather radar, a
commercial marker beacon and a new transponder.
Boeing will modify the aircraft at its Cecil Field facilities in
Jacksonville, FL, under the direction of NASA's Glenn facility.
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