Boeing has received a contract worth $25.5 million to install a global positioning inertial navigation system (GINS) capability into the mission system and flight deck of the French Air Force’s fleet of four E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft.
Additionally, the AWAC aircraft’s altitude measurement system will be upgraded to meet the requirements of the European Global Air Traffic Management (GATM) system for reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM).
GINS is said to dramatically improve the aircraft’s positioning accuracy and reliability, while RVSM allows the E-3 to operate in areas where the air traffic control vertical separation requirements have been reduced to handle increased air traffic.
Boeing will perform system design, manufacturing, procurement, integration and acceptance testing. Under subcontract to Boeing, Air France Industries will modify the aircraft.
Work will begin in July 2001 and is scheduled for completion in October 2002.