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US Army Selects Universal Avionics Advanced Flight Deck for ARL-E

Features EFI-890R Advanced Flight Display, Dual SBAS-Capable Multi-Missions Management System, Radio Control Units, Vision-1® Synthetic Vision and UniLink® Communications Management Unit

Tucson, AZ – April 28, 2016 – The US Army has selected Universal Avionics Systems Corporation to provide the avionics for the design and development of the US Army’s next generation reconnaissance aircraft. STC’d installations are now underway at Aerovation’s Tucson, Arizona USA modification facility.

The program, Airborne Reconnaissance Low – Enhanced, or ARL-E, is based on Bombardier Q300 aircraft. Six to nine modified ARL-E platforms will provide Army tactical commanders with the ability to monitor their operational environment as well as to identify, track, and respond quickly to potential threats.

The flight deck avionics will be replaced by five Universal Avionics EFI-890R Advanced Flight Displays (PFD/MFD/Engine), dual Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS)-capable Multi-Missions Management Systems (MMMS), Radio Control Units, Vision-1 Synthetic Vision System and UniLink UL-800/801 Communications Management Unit (CMU).

"There are around 535 active Dash 8 classic aircraft," said Universal Avionics Regional Sales Manager for Canada, Norm Matheis. "We expect to ultimately convert 25-30% of those to the advanced flight deck with more of these classics moving to special missions operations,” he added. “It’s our privilege to be able to continue supporting the US Army.”

Universal Avionics previously supplied avionics for the Army’s Guardrail RC-12X cockpit modernization which began in 2007. COTS components included three EFI-890R Advanced Flight Displays, dual UNS-1Fw SBAS-Flight Management Systems (FMS) and UniLink CMU.

About Universal Avionics Systems Corporation

Universal Avionics is a leading manufacturer of innovative avionics systems offered as retrofit and forward-fit solutions for the largest diversification of aircraft types in the industry. Markets served include Business, Special Missions, Government / Military, Airline (regional / commercial), Helicopter and OEM. To learn more about Universal Avionics, visit

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