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Alenia Aermacchi, an Italian aerospace company and subsidiary of Finmeccanica, has selected Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) to supply the flight management system (FMS) for its C-27J Spartan fleet and for Team Spartan’s offering for the upcoming fixed-wing search-and-rescue replacement (FWSAR) programme.

The announcement comes after the recent selection of CMC’s TacView Portable Mission Display and SureSight Enhanced Vision System sensor by Alenia for its Team Spartan in Canada.

Alenia Aermacchi North America CEO and president Ben Stone said the addition of CMC as the provider of the flight management system reinforces Team Spartan’s commitment to building and strengthening a strong Canadian supply chain and leverages the strong avionics and system integration capabilities of Esterline CMC Electronics.

"This premiere flight management system will greatly enhance the C-27J’s capabilities for the FWSAR mission," Stone said.

Certified for use in both commercial aviation and military aviation aircraft, the FMS combines both the flight management and the ARINC 739 MCDU control display unit functions in the same cockpit mounted enclosure.

"This premiere flight management system will greatly enhance the C-27J’s capabilities for the FWSAR mission."

Additionally, it incorporates flight navigation features, control and display for external subsystems, and provides several fully certified FMS-resident functions to support future CNS/ATM and GATM functionalities, which will be introduced over a period between 2014 -2020.

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The FMS is already being used by the Canadian Department of National Defence as its A310 Polaris fleet upgrade programme.

Esterline CMC Electronics president Greg Yeldon said: "This is a prestigious recognition for us, to be selected by a world-class OEM as the FMS provider for their worldwide fleet requirements. It is a gratifying endorsement of our core navigational expertise, at a time when CNS/ATM requirements will drive avionics modernisation programmes in both commercial and military aircraft in both the short term and foreseeable future."

Based in Montreal, CMC has production facilities in Ottawa and Montreal, and has more than 1,000 employees across Canada.

Image: The new Italian cargo aircraft Alenia C-27J. Photo: courtesy of Urby2004.

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