Five-year maintenance continuation agreement includes support, spares,
and repairs for USAF’s T-38 fleet

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN, July 17, 2018 – Astronautics Corporation of America has signed a five-year maintenance continuation agreement to support its mission display processor (MDP) on the  T-38 aircraft as part of a contract Boeing Defense, Space & Security has with the United States Air Force (USAF) to maintain its T-38 fleet. The contract also includes spares and repairs for the instrument.

“Working with Boeing and our USAF customers, Astronautics will be helping keep the T-38 a contributing member of the USAF’s inventory for the next decade,” said Robert Koelling, director of international business development & key customers.

Since the late 1990s, Astronautics has designed, developed, supported, and produced almost 500 MDPs for the T-38 as part of the USAF Avionics Improvement Program. The MDP processes aircraft flight data—much like a primary flight display—engine information, and external video, if equipped on the aircraft. The instrument drives multiple displays, supports multiple interfaces, and serves as a bridge between the aircraft civil systems—like the traffic collision avoidance system—and its military systems.

The T-38 Talon—originally manufactured by Northrop Grumman—is a two-seat, twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer derived from the F-5 and used by the USAF for pilot education. It was the world’s first supersonic trainer, and the USAF is its largest operator.


About Astronautics Corporation of America

Astronautics Corporation of America, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a global leader in the design, development, and manufacture of secure and reliable avionics equipment and systems for the commercial and military aerospace industry. Key product areas include electronic primary flight displays, engine displays, flight controls, mission computers, electronic flight bags, and certified servers for airborne applications. Services include system integration and custom software for critical applications. Since its founding in 1959, Astronautics has been providing trusted and tailored engineering solutions to enable manufacturers and operators achieve mission success.