C-12 Huron & RC-12X Guardrail

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    Présentation : http://www.globalsecurity.org/intell/systems/guardrail.htm

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    RC-12 Guardrail upgrade progresses

    The US Army has completed initial testing on the first RC-12X Guardrail aircraft.


    January 5: The US Army has completed electromagnetic interference and electromagnetic compatibility testing on the first RC-12X Guardrail aircraft, bringing it closer to achieving operational capability.

    Based on the C-12 Huron, the military version of the Beechcraft King Air 200, the RC-12 Guardrail is the US Army’s primary Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) airborne system. The US Army operates 48 RC-12s in six different versions; the RC-12N Guardrail I, RC-12P Guardrail II, RC-12H Guardrail III, RC-12K Guardrail IV, RC-12D Guardrail V and RC-12Q Guardrail Common Sensor, equipping six units plus a training squadron in the USA.

    Northrop Grumman is overseeing the $462 million RC-12X Guardrail modernisation programme that introduces significant hardware and software improvements and will provide a common standard for the fleet. It is scheduled for initial release in 2010, extending the useful life of the RC-12 to at least 2020.

    Pour info, le C-12 Huron, c´est ça :
    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/c-12.htm
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