Esterline CMC Electronics Wins Chilean Air Force C-130 Cockpit Avionics Upgrade Program

CMC is responsible for delivery of its complete Cockpit 9000 suite, including the supply of turnkey installation kits as well as all in-country activities such as touch labour, training and support.


(Dubai Airshow – November 15, 2009) Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) has been selected by the Chilean Air Force for the complete cockpit avionics systems upgrade of its C-130 fleet. As prime contractor, CMC is responsible for delivery of its complete Cockpit 9000 suite, including the supply of turnkey installation kits as well as all in-country activities such as touch labour, training and support.

“We are very honoured to work with the Chilean Air Force on this comprehensive modernization program,” said Greg Yeldon, president, Esterline CMC Electronics. He added: “Our Cockpit 9000 suite has been engineered using the most advanced and state-of-the-art components available today in order to provide operators with unmatched operational reliability and maintainability for long into the future.“

According to Chilean Air Force General Rojas, “We have been very impressed with CMC's flexibility in adapting its Cockpit 9000 to our specific needs while being able to schedule a very rapid installation turnaround. As a result, we will be able to look forward in a relatively short time to experiencing the many operational, safety, and economic benefits that this modern cockpit will bring to our C-130 aircraft.“

About Esterline CMC Electronics

CMC is a world leader in the avionics upgrade of a wide range of fixed and rotary wing aircraft. For the C-130 platform, CMC has successfully completed more than 100 airframe upgrades for a variety of international customers, including defence organizations in Austria, Brazil, France, Dubai, the Netherlands and Saudi Arabia. CMC provides similar avionics modernization solutions on commercial air transport aircraft such as classic B747, DC-10, MD-80 and A300 aircraft. As well as on numerous military trainers such as Hawker Beechcraft's T-6B and BAE’s Hawk, and helicopters such as the UH-60M Black Hawk.

Esterline CMC Electronics (www.cmcelectronics.ca) designs and produces leading technology electronics products for the aviation and global positioning markets. CMC’s focus is on delivering innovative cockpit systems integration and avionics solutions to its customers worldwide. Its principal locations are in Montreal, Quebec; Ottawa, Ontario; and Chicago, Illinois. CMC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Esterline Corporation (NYSE:ESL, www.esterline.com), a specialized aerospace and defense company headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. Esterline employs over 10,000 people worldwide.

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