Garmin G3000 selected to modernize US Navy and Marine Corps F-5 aircraft

US Department of Defense (DOD) contractor Tactical Air Support (TAS) expands partnership with Garmin [NYSE: GRMN] by choosing the G3000 Integrated Flight Deck for the F-5 Tiger supersonic fighter fleet.

This upgrade is part of a $265.3 million contract that the DOD awarded to TAS in July under the ARTEMIS program. ARTEMIS stands for Avionics Reconfiguration and Tactical Upgrading/Upgrading for Stock Standardization. It tasks TAS with modernizing the fleet of US Navy/Marine Corps F-5 Tiger II Adversary aircraft, including 16 F-5Es and six F-5F Tiger IIs, among others.

In a statement, Carl Wolf, vice president of aeronautical sales and marketing for Garmin, said the selection of the G3000 for the ARTEMIS contract was an “honor”, especially since the OEM also recently announced that it had deployed its integrated cockpit technologies now on more than 25,000 aircraft.

Garmin and TAS first partnered in 2018 when the defense contractor selected the Garmin G3000 for its training fleet of F-5 adversary aircraft. Supersonic, tactical and attack fighter aircraft are used for air-to-air combat training, close air support and tactical development support.

The upgraded F-5 will economically transform these aircraft into an advanced tactical fleet with sensor and system capabilities similar to current combat aircraft. [Courtesy: Garmin]

Meanwhile Rolland “RC” Thompson, CEO of Tactical Air, said, “Garmin’s Integrated Flight Deck has provided us with an outstanding commercial solution for the Navy and the Navy’s recently purchased F-5 aircraft fleet. corps to make it an even more capable adversary against which our airmen can train.

Here’s what F-5 pilots can expect

When the G3000s are integrated into the F-5 Tigers, they will be configured with a large display and two touchscreen controllers. Pilots will then use the aircraft in an aggressor training role. Implementing the new avionics in fighter jets shouldn’t be difficult due to Garmin’s commercial-ready open architecture for the G3000.

Bezel keys, GTCs, and the L3 ForceX mission system serve as the pilot‘s interface to the flight display, and touchscreen controllers incorporate infrared technology so pilots can use gloves in the cockpit. [Courtesy: Garmin]

Like many of Garmin’s other commercial avionics products, the G3000 integrates with a wide range of mission equipment, including military sensors, helmet-mounted displays and advanced electrically scanned radar systems.

Garmin said the G3000s would easily integrate and interface with the F-5’s existing mission computer, enabling advanced mapping, tactical radio capabilities and a radar display. Tactical Air has integrated the L3Harris ForceX Mission Computer and a wide range of military sensors, communications equipment and weapon systems into the G3000 touchscreen HMI.

The G3000s are said to offer pilots great situational awareness with features such as its Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS), Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), and Automatic Dependent Surveillance Traffic broadcast (ADS-B IN). For the night, the G3000 is compatible with night vision goggles and even has synthetic vision technology for low visibility operations.

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