NAVAIR looks to Crane to provide AirWeighs Real Time Weight and Balance System for C-130(LYNNWOOD, Wash., October 30, 2006) -- Crane Aerospace & Electronics has been awarded a contract from Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Patuxent River, MD, to provide their AirWeighsTM Real Time Weight & Balance System for the U.S. Navy's C-130 Hercules Airlifter. The contract is valued at approximately $6.6 million over the three-year development period.
The AirWeighs Real Time Weight and Balance System is designed to provide significant improvements in flight safety by giving aircrews the ability to accurately measure aircraft weight and balance. The system replaces manual weight calculations - based on external data - with highly accurate, real-time on-board measurement.
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In 2004, Crane Aerospace & Electronics embarked on a three-phase Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the USAF Air Mobility Battlelab (AMB) for the AirWeighs Weight & Balance System. In that program, Crane Aerospace & Electronics demonstrated that the AirWeighs technology could accurately weigh a fully-loaded C-130 with less than 1% difference between the weight measured by the system and pre-calibrated ground scales.
Greg Ward, Aerospace Group President of Crane Aerospace & Electronics, stated "We are proud to apply our AirWeighs Real Time Weight and Balance technology for use by the U.S. Navy. We expect that many existing military and commercial aircraft can be made safer and more efficient through application of this technology."
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Source : Crane Aerospace & Electronics