Field Aerospace has announced that it has completed over 50 CSO and Special Undergraduate Pilot Training aircraft and 14 simulators for the US Air Force as part of the Air Force Avionics Modernisation Programme contract to upgrade the fleet of 178 T-1As over a period of seven years.

Field Aerospace was selected by the USAF as the prime contractor and teamed with subcontractors Nextant Aerospace, Collins Aerospace, HEBCO and FlightSafety International to run the programme. The modernisation included updating the T-1A to the Collins Aerospace Pro Line 21 system, which enables the aircraft to meet the FAA’s ADS-B Out mandate eliminating avionics obsolescence issues for the aircraft.

The T-1A aircraft are medium-range, twin-engine jets used for advanced-phase training of airlift and tanker pilots. They are stationed across five US operating bases.