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Aerosonic Aboard For First T-50 Export Sale

 - October 10, 2011, 4:25 PM

Avionics manufacturer Aerosonic (Booth No. C13225) received a new purchase order from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) this summer to supply air data systems for T-50 Golden Eagle jet trainers sold to Indonesia, Korea’s first T-50 export customer.

Aerosonic, based in Clearwater, Florida, supplies precision flight products for commercial, business and military aircraft. The company’s range of primary flight and standby instruments and displays provide altitude, airspeed, rate-of-climb, cabin pressure, differential pressure, angle-of-attack, vertical speed and cabin rate-of-change readings. The company also manufacturers the Oasis battery-backup standby instrument, which measures a compact three inches and comes with its own sensor module. Oasis displays airspeed, altitude and attitude and offers optional heading, vertical speed, slip/skid and rate of turn.

The T-50 is an indigenous Korean supersonic trainer and light attack aircraft powered by General Electric’s F404-GE-102 turbofan. In late May Indonesia’s Defense Ministry selected KAI to provide 16 T-50I trainers in a transaction valued at $400 million. The aircraft are to be delivered by the end of 2013.

In July 2010 Aerosonic received an order from KAI to provide air data test equipment to provide in-country support of components used on Korean T-50s. The latest order includes the company’s integrated multifunction probe and related equipment. The multifunction probe provides angle-of-attack, indicated total pressure and indicated static pressure readings. It has added sensing ports for impact and static-like pressure on the rotating sensor probe that are used to calculate pitot/static, airspeed, Mach number and altitude. New shipments to KAI are to begin next March, and will ship concurrently with existing orders.

“We are proud to play a role and share in the success of the T-50 program and this very important win for KAI in their first international T-50 export sale,” said Doug Hillman, Aerosonic president and CEO. “This order provides us with a significant increase in our backlog for one of our technologically advanced products in a growing segment of the military market, and further strengthens our relationship with a valued customer.”

In August, Aerosonic said it received a new contract from the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency to supply AAU/32A encoding altimeters used on Army OH-58 and UH-60 helicopters. The AAU /32A provides indication of aircraft altitude to the cockpit as well as to the aircraft transponder for tower and ground altitude reporting. With options over two years, the contract potentially is worth $4.6 million.