Tactical Air Support has selected L3Harris Technologies to upgrade its advanced tactical aircraft with sensor and system capabilities on par with current Department of U.S. Defense 4th-generation fighter aircraft. L3Harris will provide GH-4001 Electronic Standby Instruments and Tactical Airborne Navigation Systems (TACAN+), empowering pilots to meet mission-critical obligations through enhanced situational awareness and advanced flight data for maximum safety and efficiency. The TACAN+ uniquely features two automatically enabled air-to-air transmit-receive modes, providing seamless and enhanced tactical proficiency and multiple mission capabilities, permitting aircraft to track a ‘lead’ aircraft across a wide range of flying scenarios, down to a minimum closest follower distance of 20 meters.
“Innovation and pilot situational awareness are the utmost focus at L3Harris Commercial Aviation and why our GH-4001 and TACAN+ products are recommended for military missions,” said Alan Crawford, President, L3Harris Commercial Aviation. “Tactical Air’s selection of these products as a center of excellence enables pilots to experience real-world scenarios using world-class products.”
By leveraging the next generation of standby technology, the GH-4001 provides sensor and system capabilities specifically designed to meet the demanding needs of high-performance military aircraft and maximum safety, with the flexibility to configure the units for single and tandem pilot aircraft. The L3Harris selection enables Tactical Air Support to evolve their F-5 Advanced Tigers (AT) fleet into an advanced tactical aircraft with sensor and system capabilities using proven and industry-recommended products. L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across space, air, land, sea, and cyber domains. L3Harris has more than $17 billion in annual revenue and 47,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.
Tactical Air Support, Inc. ( Tactical Air) is an American defense contractor headquartered in Reno, Nevada at Reno-Stead Airport. Tactical Air provides consulting and commercial air services to U.S. and allied forces in a manner similar to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC) and the USAF Weapons School. TacAir Global, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tactical Air Support, Inc., focuses on international training. In 2013, Tactical Air began providing F-5 refresher training to the Botswana Defence Force. This diverse staff consists of former Weapons School Instructors, Graduates, Adversaries, and Test Pilots including: a Former U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff who is the Chairman of the Board, nearly a half dozen former Air Wing/Group Commanders, close to 20 former US Air Force/US Marine Corps & US Navy Squadron Commanders, a former Operational Test Squadron Commander, numerous Test Pilots and former Weapons School Commanders, over 50 Weapons School Graduates, nearly 20 former Weapons School Instructors, and 2 Astronaut.