Saab signs con­tract with Pi­la­tus on mis­sion and graph­ics com­puter for PC-21 trainer air­craft


De­fence and se­cu­rity com­pany Saab has signed a con­tract with Pi­la­tus Air­craft to pro­vide the mis­sion and graph­ics com­puter, with a dig­i­tal map func­tion, for the Pi­la­tus PC-21. The or­der value amounts to ap­prox­i­mately SEK 100 mil­lion. The con­tract cov­ers de­vel­op­ment, adap­ta­tion and de­liv­ery of an open sys­tem mis­sion com­puter, plus the dig­i­tal map soft­ware func­tion, for the PC-21 ad­vanced tur­bo­prop trainer air­craft pro­duced by Switzer­land’s Pi­la­tus Air­craft Ltd. Se­ries pro­duc­tion de­liv­er­ies will start in 2016 and will con­tinue over the life of the PC-21 pro­gramme. The con­tract pro­vides op­tions for ad­di­tional sub­or­ders that could in­clude fur­ther cock­pit func­tions and sys­tems.

“This is a con­tract and a part­ner­ship of strate­gic im­por­tance for Saab. Both we and Pi­la­tus are ded­i­cated to the in­tro­duc­tion of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy that gives air­crew su­pe­rior sit­u­a­tional aware­ness, and de­liv­ers a com­pet­i­tive edge to their air­craft,” says Ronny Nykvist, head of Saab busi­ness unit Avionics Sys­tems.

Saab’s busi­ness unit Avionics Sys­tems has a long history of de­vel­op­ing and sup­ply­ing high-in­tegrity mis­sion and graph­ics com­put­ers for de­mand­ing air­craft mis­sions and ap­pli­ca­tions. Saab’s avionics em­brace a com­mon ar­chi­tec­ture that is mod­u­lar, scaleable, up­grade­able and ex­pand­able – all with a state-of-the-art com­puter and graph­ics plat­form.

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