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From flight control to cockpit indicators, BAE SYSTEMS is C-17's top Avionics supplier

26 Jun 2002

Since its engineers began work in 1989 on the electronic flight computer for the U.S. Air Force's newest airlifter, BAE Systems Controls has taken on an increasingly important role on the C-17 Globemaster III. Today the Johnson City plant is the transport's premier avionics supplier, its products playing a central role in the war on terrorism and other military missions.

"We are enormously proud of our role on an aircraft that is so vital to the success of our nation's armed forces and to the security of the world," said James Scanlon, Controls president. "It's an honour to host Boeing management on the eve of the 100th aircraft delivery to celebrate all we have accomplished together over the past 13 years."

Boeing is on contract with the Air Force to deliver 120 C-17s through 2004, and an additional order for 60 more aircraft is anticipated. The Johnson City plant builds 40 components that comprise four major electronic suites on the aircraft:

* The Electronic Flight Control System, a full-authority, fly-by-wire vehicle control system with an integrated autopilot.
* The Core Integrated Processor, a central mission computer that manages the aeroplane's avionics and digital navigation system.
* The Video Integrated Processor, a high-speed computer that supports the vehicle's tactical terrain warning system.
* System Controllers and Cockpit Indicators that detect, control, and provide crew interfaces for the environmental, electrical, hydraulic, auxiliary power, fuel, cargo delivery, and other aircraft systems.

The C-17 Globemaster III is the newest, most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the Air Force's airlift force. Capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo and of performing tactical airlift and airdrop missions, it has been involved in numerous contingency operations, including those in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. In the war on terrorism, C-17s have flown more than 200 humanitarian missions and hundreds of missions carrying troops and equipment to Afghanistan and neighbouring countries.

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