Company to complete primary flight and navigation display upgrades for U.S. Customs and Border Protection fleet of P-3 Orion LTR and AEW aircraft

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN, February 19, 2019 – Astronautics Corporation of America has received a purchase order from Lockheed Martin to upgrade its primary flight and navigation displays on the P-3 Orion Long Range Tracker (LRT) and Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency.

The Astronautics AFD 6800 electronic flight instrument system (EFIS) will update the

P-3 flight deck with four 6×8-inch multifunction displays—two primary flight and two navigation—on 14 aircraft with additional spares.  As part of the upgrade, Astronautics will port existing software from its current displays in order to minimize training and certification impacts, and additionally create harnesses for equipment installation.

“Astronautics is able to deliver the highest reliability displays tailored to meet our customers’ missions, ensuring they are able to operate wherever they need, whenever they need,” explained Robert Koelling, Astronautics director of business development. “For the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Astronautics provided an incremental, modular plan for upgrading its P-3 fleet that limited aircraft downtime and met budget and schedule needs.”

The new displays will have modern LCD panels with improved viewing angle performance and color rendering using LED backlights that run cooler with less power and support more vibrant color.  Expected delivery is summer 2019.

Astronautics’ displays have been on the P-3 since the early 1960s when it first equipped the aircraft with attitude direction and horizontal situation indicators. In the late 1990s, Astronautics upgraded these electromechanical instruments with its first-generation EFIS, creating a fully integrated glass cockpit.

The P-3s are high-endurance, all-weather, tactical turbo-prop aircraft primarily used to conduct long-range aerial patrols and surveillance missions.


About Astronautics Corporation of America

Astronautics Corporation of America, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a global leader in the design, development, and manufacture of avionics equipment and systems for the commercial and military aerospace industry. Key product areas include electronic primary flight and engine displays, connected aircraft and cyber solutions, electronic flight bags, and certified servers for airborne applications. Services include avionics system integration and custom software for critical applications. Since its founding in 1959, Astronautics has been providing trusted, reliable, and tailored engineering solutions to help clients achieve mission success.  Astronautics is the parent company of Kearfott Corporation, headquartered in New Jersey.