St. Petersburg, Russia-based Kronshtadt (Hall 3 Stand D22) is here at Farnborough International showcasing its array of flight and sea platform training simulators, navigation systems and onboard equipment. Since the company was founded in 2000, Kronshtadt has become a major supplier of defense products to both the Russian domestic customer and export clients.
Farnborough Air Show » July 17, 2006
Honeywell is close to releasing a synthetic vision system (SVS) upgrade for its Primus Epic business jet cockpit. Having addressed the three most common causes of accidents through its enhanced ground proximity warning (EGPWS), traffic alert and collision avoidance (TCAS) and runway awareness and advisory (RAAS) systems, the company believes SVS will be the next major safety advance.
Canadian training equipment and services provider CAE, which is seeking ways to apply its simulation and modeling expertise in new areas, will announce orders worth almost $35 million from customers in India, South America and Europe.
Military helicopter pilots don’t often get the chance to fly with a full head-up display, usually relying instead on helmet-mounted vision devices. Now, CMC Electronics has delivered its HeliHawk overhead HUDs and mission computers to AgustaWestland for the Super Lynx 300, the company announced here, and pilots couldn’t be happier.
Pentastar Aviation of Waterford, Michigan, has gained supplemental type certificate (STC) approval for dual installations of CMC Electronics’ PilotView electronic flight bag (EFB) portable computers in the Gulfstream G100, G150, GII, GII, III, GIV GV and GV-SP business jets and Dassault Falcon 2000/2000EX. The STC also covers the Westwind, Astra and Astra SPX.
CMC Electronics (Hall 4 Stand C16a) signed a contract to supply its latest flight management system, the CMA-9000, for the Thales cockpit in the Russian Regional Jet. Designed to carry between 63 and 98 passengers (depending on the version), the RRJ is under development at Sukhoi. The cockpit is said to be similar to that of the Airbus A380, which will be delivered with an FMS from Honeywell.
Sagem Défense Sécurité will supply avionics for the 322 UH-145 helicopters (plus 30 options) selected by the U.S. Army on June 30. Subsidiary Sagem Avionics will handle equipment integration, final assembly and product support from its facility in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Aftermarket supply chain specialist Aviall (Hall 4, Stand G19) is to double the size of its central warehouse facility and headquarters staff building in Dallas, Texas. The existing facilities, covering 325,000 sq ft, were opened in 2001. By next January a new 75,000-square foot building and an additional 250,000 sq ft of warehouse space should be complete.
Elisra is introducing a new ALQ-903 Escort Jammer system here at the Farnborough International show. The system allows penetration of complex layers of air defenses, and increases the survivability of attacking aircraft. A fully digital design, the ALQ-903 uses advanced technology that enables automatic radar detection, identification and jamming.
In November the UK Royal Air Force’s UAV Battlelab plans to integrate an unmanned air vehicle into a military exercise for the first time, as part of Project Sabrina. An earlier attempt in June was cancelled due to technical difficulties, but the Battlelab is optimistic that the UAV’s participation in the next Combined Qualified Weapons Instructor (CQWI) exercise will go ahead.
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