Adelaide’s APC Technology has completed its supply of custom designed and manufactured military-grade displays for BAE Systems Australia’s Navigation Trainer Project for the Australian Defence Force.
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Under the contract with BAE Systems, APC Technology has replaced obsolete displays that were part of the airborne navigation trainer (ANT) systems that are installed in Beechcraft B300 aircraft based at RAAF East Sale.
The 19-inch displays needed to meet military standards including rapid decompression from 10,000 feet to 35,000 feet as well as overpressure to 15,000 feet, in accordance with RTCA DO-160D (an industry standard for the environmental testing of avionics hardware).
John Hopf, NTP and MSSC project lead at BAE Systems said the decision to use APC Technology for the task stemmed from its previous relationship with the SME and its innovative solutions.
"We approached APC Technology to design and manufacture the displays for the navigation trainer project (NTP) as we have worked with them on numerous projects and are impressed with their 'can do' attitude," Hopf said.
"The design of the replacement displays involved a number of challenges and we needed to use a company who could meet those demands. APC Technology provides a high level of professionalism and the ability to think out of the box, coming up with innovative solutions to unexpected issues which often occur on sustainment projects."
The replacement monitor that APC Technology designed had to meet a strict set of parameters in terms of physical dimensions, connectivity, power consumption and weight. The monitor design met or exceeded all required parameters, and provided power and weight savings that are desirable in smaller aircraft.
"The displays supplied by APC Technology will assist in maintaining the training capabilities for Number 1 Flying School until the system’s end of life. It’s great to see such excellent work and product quality originating out of a local Australian business," Hopf said.
Scott Begbie, managing director of APC Technology, said the project was another chance to showcase the local business' technology know-how and ability to work with large defence primes.
"We have worked on an array of projects with BAE Systems enabling us to demonstrate our expertise and ability to meet criteria, budgets and deadlines," Begbie said.
"This latest contract further cements our relationship with one of Australia’s leading prime contractors."
In October last year, the Adelaide company secured a contract with Raytheon to work on the SEA 1654 program that will overhaul the Royal Australian Navy’s maritime operational support capability. APC Technology will provide radio operator consoles to Raytheon for the SEA 1654 program.
The SME will be responsible for the manufacture of a range of computing solutions as well as the planning, sourcing and layout of the consoles. An integral part of the process will be the responsibility for the integration, power distribution, airflow management and cable management of the consoles.
The design of the red-black architecture of the system will also be managed by APC Technology.