Raytheon to improve pilots’ situational awareness

  • 14-Oct-2009 02:12 EDT

The U.S. Army awarded Raytheon Co. a $13 million contract to develop additional sensor prototypes for the Advanced Distributed Aperture System (ADAS), which gives helicopter pilots 360º situational awareness. The Army launched the ADAS program to assist pilots flying at low levels. The original system provides up to six IR sensors and a combined helmet display showing a full view of the cockpit and other parts of the helicopter, including the engines and tail rotor. Additional capabilities to be provided by Raytheon include an indicator of hostile fire, landing-assist symbols that appear on the helmet display for operation in low visibility, and IR search-and-track and 3-D audio systems.

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