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Thales Takes On Development of Superjet Cockpit

 - February 17, 2008, 5:27 PM

Thales is developing the Superjet 100 avionics suite under a $120 million contract signed in 2005. The agreement covers the specification, design, validation and integration of the complete suite through certification, plus the first 50 shipsets of hardware.

The Superjet uses integrated modular avionics (IMA), with processors carrying out multiple tasks and communicating via a dual-aircraft, full-duplex (AFDX) network. Thales supplies the flight guidance, flight management and recording system, which incorporates dual CMC Electronics CMA-9000 flight management systems, multiple communications systems and the flight deck control and display system with its five liquid-crystal displays.

Other equipment includes a Honeywell Primus 880 weather radar and the T2CAS terrain and traffic collision avoidance system from Aviation Communications and Surveillance Systems, the joint venture between Thales and L-3 Communications. Rockwell Collins is supplying the VOR/DME radio navigation system and Honeywell is supplying the inertial reference system and communications management unit. MPC provides the throttle and Teledyne provides the integrated flight data management unit.

Optional features include single or dual high-frequency radios, dual Goodrich electronic flight bags and a printer. Future options may include a single head-up display and a multimode receiver with microwave landing system functionality. Thales and Sukhoi are considering whether to propose a predictive wind-shear weather radar.