Esterline CMC Electronics TacView Portable Mission Display Selected for U.S. Air National Guard RTIC Production Program for C-130H Aircraft
(Paris International Air Show â€“ June 17, 2013) Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) has been awarded a contract by Borsight, Inc to supply its TacViewÂ® Portable Mission Display for the U.S. Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command Real Time Information in the Cockpit (RTIC) Full Rate Production (FRP) program. The contract covers dual installations of the TacView system on board a total of fifty-six C-130H aircraft with the potential for follow-on options. Deliveries willÂ begin in mid-June 2013 and will be completed by October 2013. The production portion of the C-130H RTIC program follows a successful Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) phase during which dual TacView systems were installed on forty-eight C-130H aircraft. CMC is also supporting the upcoming installation of a third TacView system at the navigatorâ€™s station on RTIC equipped C-130s.
The U.S. Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command have identified the RTIC Program as one of their top priorities. The Air National Guard intends to employ the TacView systems to provide situational awareness to the crew through the use of an integrated tactical data link over a moving map, and to facilitate paperless cockpit operations, including aircraft performance calculation.
Greg Yeldon, president, Esterline CMC Electronics, stated: â€œOur compact TacView is a flexible, and powerful platform specifically designed to facilitate airborne mission effectiveness.Â This selection by Borsight and the Air National Guard is excellent news and a solid endorsement of the TacViewâ€™s capability to meet stringent military requirements.â€
Designed for use in harsh environments, the TacView system increases crew efficiency by hosting applications that provide situational awareness and reduce cockpit workload. TacView can interface with a number of radio and satcom data link systems, and provides access to moving maps, mission planning systems, approach plates, checklists, flight and maintenance manuals, frequency and call sign lists, passenger and cargo manifests as well as any other customer created â€œWindowsâ€ based applications, software and documents. Designed for autonomous operation, TacView can be installed and removed in seconds. It provides the means to quickly deploy new capability and functionality at a fraction of the time and cost of an integrated approach.
This innovative CMC product is a ruggedized, Night Vision Imaging System compatible smart display that is designed for rapid and inexpensive installation in fixed and rotary wing aircraft. It interfaces seamlessly with most aircraft data networks, and can often be installed without modification to the aircraftâ€™s legacy systems. TacView runs Microsoft Windows XPÂ® or Windows 7 compliant software, providing a wide range of options and capabilities to the aircrew.
Esterline CMC Electronics (www.cmcelectronics.ca) has achieved an international reputation for innovation and excellence in the design and manufacture of electronics products for the military and commercial aviation markets. CMCâ€™s focus is on delivering innovative cockpit systems integration and avionics solutions to its customers worldwide. Its principal locations are in Montreal, Quebec; Ottawa, Ontario; and Chicago, Illinois. CMC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Esterline Corporation (NYSE:ESL, www.esterline.com), a specialized aerospace and defense company headquartered in Bellevue, WA, that employs over 12,000 people worldwide.