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Canadian firm tapped for KT-1 cockpits

  |   March 4, 2013 at 5:51 AM
BELLEVIEW, Wash., March 4 (UPI) -- A Canadian subsidiary of the Esterline Corp., a U.S. specialty manufacturer, is supplying glass cockpits for Korean-made trainer aircraft.

The turboprop aircraft -- Korea Aerospace Industries' KT-1 -- are being supplied to the Peruvian air force and CMC Electronics has been contracted for 20 integrated cockpits.

"Esterline's Cockpit 4000 avionics solution allows KAI's trainer to emulate the advanced avionics of today's cutting-edge fighter aircraft," said Esterline Chief Executive Officer Brad Lawrence. "We provide a system that employs the latest in cockpit management technology, resulting in better and more rapidly trained pilots, at a far lower cost than conventional training.

"Our avionics suite features proven operational flight programs that integrate the aircraft sensors, radios and weapons systems to provide a wide range of navigation and mission requirements."

Esterline said its integrated cockpit is being used by customers in eight countries. Among them is the Turkish air force, which uses KIA's KT-1 trainers.

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