The USAF is proceeding with an avionics upgrade for its T-1A Jayhawk trainers aircraft following the award of a US$18.5 million contract to ASES LLC for the replacement of the avionics suite in the T-1A fleet of 178 aircraft, 16 operational flight trainers, and 14 part task trainers.
The T-1A Avionics Modernisation Program will upgrade the avionics of the T-1A fleet and cater for known obsolescence and diminishing manufacturing capability issues with the fleet.
The upgrade work is expected to be complete by August, 2025.
The T-1A is the military variant of the Hawker Beechcraft 400A and the medium-range, twin-engine jet trainer used in the advanced phase of specialised undergraduate pilot training for students selected to fly airlift or tanker aircraft.
It is also used to support navigator training for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and international air forces.
The first T-1A was delivered to the USAF in January 1992, and student training commenced in 1993.