The Navy is awarding $8 million to Textron Aviation Defense for an equipment upgrade to its training aircraft.
The upgrade is for automatic dependent surveillance broadcast, or ADS-B, kits on the Navy’s fleet of Beechcraft T-6 trainer airplanes.
The Federal Aviation Administration is mandating the GPS-based identification technology be on all aircraft flying in controlled airspace by Jan. 1, 2020.
According to a Department of Defense contract award announcement, the award covers ADS-B kits on 251 Navy and four Army T-6s, which are to be installed by the Wichita-based company by September 2018.
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