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USAF Awards a C-17 Interface Test Consoles contract

The Air Force has awarded TJ Inc a $1.1M contract to fabricate, test and deliver nine Interface Test Consoles (ITCs) and associated hardware to the C-17 Robins Avionics Integration Support Facility (R-AISF) located at Robins Air Force Base (AFB), GA. Associated hardware includes the Interface Test Adapters, Self-Test LRUs, and external cable assemblies. The effort includes:

• Acquisition of all required component parts per design specification from engineering drawings provided by the Government
• Identification to the Government any required component parts which are end of life, obsolete or unobtainable. Recommend form, fit, function replacement component parts to the Government for approval.
• Identification of any design anomalies and solutions to the Government for approval.
• Build-to-print assembly and fabrication of the ITCs and associated hardware to Government provided documents.
• Test the ITCs and associated hardware in accordance with Government approved test procedures.
• Delivery of ITCs and associated hardware to the R-AISF in accordance with the Government approved Integrated Master Schedule.

The ITCs and associated hardware are used to test the operation of avionics Operational Flight Programs (OFP) loaded into various C-17 aircraft hardware subsystems (a.k.a. “black boxes”, Line Replaceable Units or LRUs). Each LRU is essentially a computer that controls some aspect of the C-17 flight and mission. An OFP is essentially the “application software” that executes in these computers. The ITCs provide a mechanism to test whether or not this “application software” is correctly performing its intended function.

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