The former Hawker Beechcraft celebrated the delivery of the 600th T-6 military trainer to the U.S. Navy in 2010. File photo The Wichita Eagle
The former Hawker Beechcraft celebrated the delivery of the 600th T-6 military trainer to the U.S. Navy in 2010. File photo The Wichita Eagle

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Navy needs GPS-based ID technology for Wichita-built planes

By Jerry Siebenmark

jsiebenmark@wichitaeagle.com

November 01, 2017 06:01 AM

UPDATED November 01, 2017 09:33 AM

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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Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark