Market research is underway for multiple upgrades to the T-6A avionics suite, according to a request for information posted today by the Air Force.
Diminishing material and manufacturing sources are driving the request for the upgrades, since current avionics are composed of first generation and analog components. Improvements to the aircraft, part of the T-6 Avionics Replacement Program, are aimed at reducing sustainment costs and fulfilling FAA compliance issues and outstanding safety recommendations, according to the Air Force’s research, development, test and evaluation budget justification documents.
The aircraft’s modernization will extend its service life as the Air Force eyes retiring the aging T-38 Talon trainer and roll out the T-7 Red Hawk in its place. The service has ordered 351 Red Hawks, and the first was unveiled last week.
The Air Force has previously hosted industry days concerning other elements of the T-6 ARP. The RFI posted today concerns upgrades to the aircraft’s heads-up display. Responses are due by May 18, according to the RFI.