C-2A Operational Flight Trainer

Customer: U.S. Navy, Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD)

User: U.S. Navy Carrier Airborne Early Warning Training Squadron VAW-120 and Fleet Replenishment Squadrons VRC-30 (San Diego) and VRC-40 (Norfolk)

ASI was selected by NAWCTSD to deliver the C-2A Operational Flight Trainer (OFT) Development and Modification Program. This program included the design, development, fabrication, integration, and test of a C-2A Operational Flight Trainer (OFT) for installation at the Naval Air Station at North Island, CA (Device 2F168 SN2). The contract also included the modification and update of the existing C-2A OFT at the Naval Station at Norfolk, VA (Device 2F168 SN1).

After successfully completing this contract, NAWCTSD awarded another contract to ASI (under the TSC II Lot 1 contract vehicle) for the C-2A OFT Technology Refresh, Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) and NP2000 Program. This contract upgrades the C-2A OFTs to incorporate the latest CNS/ATM avionics and communications system (glass cockpit) as well as replacing the Instructor Operator Station (IOS), the host computer system, and trainer I/O with the latest technology expanding the Flight Instructor’s capabilities and simplifying interaction and training.

The C-2A OFT training devices provide training in aircraft operations using normal and emergency procedures described in the C 2A NATOPS Manual. In addition, the trainers provide training on procedures for preflight, pre-start, start, ground and shipboard deck operations, pre taxi, pre takeoff, takeoff from land based fields and carrier catapult launch, climb, normal and emergency flight operations (including approach to stalls, stalls, engine air-start, and alternate air-start), approach to carrier deck and land based fields, the carrier deck, field and carrier landing, post landing, engine shutdown/secure, post shutdown, navigational equipment turn on/off and alignment procedures, and cargo handling and loading procedures.

The following C-2A systems were developed and integrated by ASI:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Flight Controls
  • Control Loading
  • Autopilot
  • Aircraft Systems
  • Propellers
  • Engines
  • Navigation
  • CNS/ATM Avionics
  • Computer System
  • AFC-153-173 Avionics
  • Trainer Station
  • Trainer I/O
  • Aural Cue System
  • Instructor / Operator Station
  • Auto Test System
  • Out-the-Window Visual System

ASI also provided Program Management, Logistics Support, and Contractor Field Services to support the successful completion of this program.

Delivery Status and Customer Satisfaction

All upgrades have been delivered and installed to the complete satisfaction of the customer.

About the C-2A Greyhound

The mission of the highly-valued C-2A Greyhound, manufactured by Northrop-Grumman Aerospace, is to provide high priority logistics support to aircraft carrier Strike Forces. Flown by the VRC-30 “Providers” at NAS North Island, VRC-30 Detachment Five stationed at NAF Atsugi, Japan, the VRC-40 “Rawhides” and the VAW-120 “Greyhawks”, both stationed at NAS Norfolk, the Greyhound delivers throughout every region of the world. VAW-120 is the Fleet Replacement Squadron which trains new Pilots, Naval Flight Officers and Aircrew for both the C-2A Greyhound and E-2C Hawkeye aircraft.

A highly flexible aircraft, the “Greyhound”, also commonly referred to as the COD (Carrier Onboard Delivery), lands onboard aircraft carriers principally to deliver cargo, mail, and passengers. Additionally, the Greyhound is an approved Special Warfare asset, capable of airdropping a SEAL (SEA AIR LAND) platoon’s inflatable Combat Rubber Raiding Craft out of its ramp, and deploying the platoon after its release. This enables the SEALS to operate in close proximity to enemy shores. A similar capability allows the Greyhound to be used as a viable Search and Rescue (SAR) platform, capable of airdropping life rafts and provisions to people who are in peril on the sea. Regardless of its assigned mission, the Greyhound is a priceless player in the logistical support of the United States Naval Fleet.