Boeing picks CMC for cockpit upgrade with Dutch air force

MONTREAL, Canada, 22 Nov. 2005. CMC Electronics Inc. has been selected to supply a suite of avionics equipment for the Royal Netherlands Air Force cockpit upgrade program involving two KDC-10 air tankers and one DC-10 passenger/cargo aircraft.

MONTREAL, Canada, 22 Nov. 2005. CMC Electronics Inc. has been selected to supply a suite of avionics equipment for the Royal Netherlands Air Force cockpit upgrade program involving two KDC-10 air tankers and one DC-10 passenger/cargo aircraft.

CMC will supply the avionics to Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, the systems integrator, who is teamed with Fokker Services, the prime contractor. The aircraft are being upgraded to meet the International Civil Aviation Organization's requirements for Communication, Navigation and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM). The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in December 2006.

CMC Electronics is responsible for supplying and integrating two of its CMA-900 Global Positioning System-based Flight Management Systems (GPS/FMS) per aircraft as well as the communications management unit, data loader and engine instrument display system (EIDS). The EIDS is a digital display that replaces the original electro-mechanical instruments for the engines. CMC will also handle the avionics installation design.

The Royal Netherlands Air Force upgrade configuration provides for multi-sensor-based navigation (including GPS and inertial) and incorporates tactical navigation and guidance. The aircraft will meet Precision Area Navigation (PRNAV) requirements that provide effectively 100 percent dispatch reliability anywhere in the world and seamless navigation from take-off to final approach, and barometric altitude-based vertical guidance for non-precision approaches. The CMA-900 features a color, liquid-crystal multi-function display and includes CMC Electronics' industry-leading 12-channel GPS sensor.

The CMC Electronics' CMA-900 has received more FAA and other national Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approvals than any competing product for the avionics upgrade of B747 Classic aircraft. The CMA-900 has also been successfully installed and integrated on DC-10s and a large number of C-130 aircraft worldwide. With recent orders, the CMA-900 is now in service with over 60 airlines and military operators.

CMC Electronics designs and produces leading technology electronics products for the aviation and global positioning markets. Its principal locations are in Montreal, Quebec; Ottawa, Ont.; and Chicago, Ill. CMC Electronics is a private company controlled by an investor group led by ONCAP L.P. ONCAP is a CDN $400 million investment fund established by Onex Corp. and a number of leading Canadian financial institutions. Onex is a diversified company with annual consolidated revenues of approximately CDN $16 billion and consolidated assets of approximately CDN $14 billion. It is one of Canada's largest companies with global operations in the service, manufacturing and technology industries. For more information, see www.cmcelectronics.ca.

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