Tactical Air Support (TacAir) will be switching out the analog displays on its F-5 Tiger fleet with the Garmin G3000 flight deck.
This configuration, which consists of a G3000 flight display and dual Garmin touchscreen controllers (GTCs), boasts an open architecture design that seamlessly integrates with typical mission equipment and hardware so pilots experience a single integrated cockpit system. Utilizing this rapidly deployable solution, the first flight of the Garmin-equipped F-5 is expected later this year.
“We are excited to team with TacAir as the G3000 system in the F-5 adds to the growing adoption of a tandem integrated flight deck from Garmin,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation marketing and sales, in the company news release. “It is an honor to work with such a talented organization and dedicated individuals who have decades of defense experience. We look forward to supporting their operations in the F-5 with a comprehensive avionics upgrade that provides them with the best-in-class flight deck technology available on the market.”
“TacAir conducted an industry-wide search for avionics and display options to support ADAIR and training contracts,” said Archie Rippeto, TacAir vice president air operations. “The Garmin solution gave us an outstanding solution to support not only our current requirements, but also provided the ability to integrate future requirements – our pilots can’t wait to get this cockpit on range.”
Utilized by TacAir in an aggressor training role, the upgraded F-5 will economically evolve these aircraft into an advanced tactical fleet with sensor and system capabilities similar to current fighter aircraft.
The modular G3000 integrated flight deck boasts a large and vibrant, high-resolution flight display that seamlessly interfaces to the F-5’s existing mission computer, enabling advanced mapping, tactical radio capabilities, radar display and more. The bezel keys, GTCs and L3 ForceX mission system serve as the pilot interface to the flight display, and the touchscreen controllers incorporate infrared technology so pilots can use gloves in the cockpit. The G3000 has an open architecture that enables seamless mission computer, sensors and systems integration and easily facilitates future upgrades without impacting the avionics.
Photo credit: TacAir and Garmin
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