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Rockwell Collins Announces New MFD Application, Wx Radar Contract at Heli-Expo 2014

 - February 27, 2014, 2:12 PM
The U.S. Coast Guard will be outfitting its MH-65Es Dolphins with an SAR mission-specific application of its RTA-4114 Multiscan enhanced weather radar.. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

Rockwell Collins (Booth No. 8040) opened Heli-Expo 2014 with announcements that its new MFD-268P2B multifunction displays are now standard equipment on Sikorsky S-92 medium-lift helicopters.

Available on new S-92s delivered this year, the MFD-268P2B offers improved color stability and readability for high-angle, cross-cockpit viewing. The displays may also be upgraded, with provisions for installation of synthetic vision, H-TAWS terrain awareness and the company’s MultiScan weather radar systems.

Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager of airborne systems for Rockwell Collins, said the new MFD “has been completely redesigned to expand optical and processing performance, reduce acoustic noise levels and increase the level of reliability.”

The company also announced a contract from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to outfit 102 MH-65E Dolphin search-and-rescue (SAR) and recovery helicopters with a mission-specific application of its RTA-4114 MultiScan enhanced weather radar.

The rechristened MH-65E radar sensor system features enhanced ground and shoreline mapping with advanced ground clutter rejection and a new maritime surface search mode for use during SAR operations. The lightweight system uses advanced digital processing and analysis algorithms to account for prevailing atmospheric conditions and precipitation rates to alert operators to potential, real-world weather threats, according to the company.