HBC Takes T-6C, ISR King Air, to UK Shows
Hawker Beechcraft to Showcase Military Trainer, Special Mission Aircraft at Royal International Air Tattoo and Farnborough International Airshow
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) today announced plans to highlight its military trainer and special mission aircraft at two upcoming events in the United Kingdom: the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) on July 6, followed by the Farnborough International Airshow, which begins July 9.
At RIAT, HBC will exhibit its T-6C Texan II military trainer and Beechcraft Multi-Mission King Air 350ER demonstrator.
At Farnborough, HBC will host guests at chalet J3, which will be open from July 9-12, and will feature the T-6C, the Multi-Mission King Air 350ER demonstrator, along with a King Air B200 and King Air 350, both outfitted with highly sophisticated Aerodata surveillance and flight inspection equipment.
“We have two proven platforms that are ideal for showcasing to military and special mission customers in this region of the world: the world’s most versatile and efficient training platform, the T-6C Texan, and our adaptable, durable and sustainable King Air,” said Russ Bartlett, vice president, Business Development, Hawker Beechcraft Defense Company. “Farnborough attendees will also see two modified King Air turboprops that demonstrate the aircraft’s ability to provide solutions for nearly any mission.”
In addition to the hard-point wing, the T-6C features an integrated glass cockpit and the advanced Esterline CMC Cockpit 4000 avionics suite that greatly expands advanced training opportunities. The systems are integrated with a Hands-On Throttle and Stick, providing the student pilot and instructor with a simpler interface to the digital cockpit. The CMC Cockpit 4000 avionics suite is the first in its class to incorporate a fully integrated and FAA-certified dual FMS/GPS navigation suite that meets the navigation performance standards required for current worldwide airspace operation. The open architecture design of the Cockpit 4000 provides the flexibility to expand capabilities and continuously meet current and future training needs.
The Beechcraft Multi-Mission King Air 350ER demonstrator aircraft is a standard extended-range airplane, which is capable of more than 12 hours endurance or over 2,500 nm range. The demonstrator has been fitted with a search radar radome with electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) lift for surveillance missions, high density seating for military transport missions, and two medical sleds and a medical storage cabinet for air ambulance missions. All of these installations are certified by the Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency, and available for immediate delivery on new aircraft from the factory.
The two additional aircraft on display at Farnborough are a maritime patrol/search and rescue King Air B200 operated by the Government of Malta and a flight inspection variant (FIS) of the King Air 350 – both outfitted with Aerodata equipment. The B200, which is used by the Mediterranean island nation for maritime border patrol missions, also incorporates search radar, EO/IR sensors and other mission equipment.
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special mission, light attack and trainer aircraft – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company’s headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita, Kan., with operations in Little Rock, Ark.; Chester, England, U.K.; and Chihuahua, Mexico.
Source: By Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, WICHITA, Kan. - 02 July 2012
Photo: The UK Air Force Hawker Beechcraft King Air B200 Demonstrator (Photo by aviationnews.eu)