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FARNBOROUGH: Esterline makes high technology announcements

Esterline has arrived at the show with a host of announcements relating to its high-technology portfolio.

First is the company's selection by an undisclosed “Gulf country” for a middle-to-heavy helicopter platform upgrade, which includes its integrated helicopter solutions (IHS) programme.

Michel Potvin, president of the company’s Esterline Avionics Systems division, says the selection is “an example of our ability to provide superior solutions to equip helicopters with the latest technologies, in order for pilots to focus on successfully accomplishing their missions in some of the harshest environments”.

The IHS platform includes a glass cockpit, flight management system (FMS-9000), GPS landing system (CMA-6024) and other optional features. The upgrade is designed, Esterline says, to “address obsolescence, reduce workload, enhance safety, increase situational awareness… creating one of the most capable rotary-wing aircraft in the region.”

Esterline's avionics division introduced its CMA-6024 GPS precision aircraft approach sensor at Farnborough – designed, it says, for rotary and fixed-wing aircraft operating in a wide range of environments.

The system is compliant with Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast out (ADS-B) regulations – which come into effect in the USA and Europe from January and June 2020 respectively – and supports both satellite-based and ground-based augmentation systems.

As a standard-fit ARINC 743C-compliant receiver, it can be integrated into a wide range of new-build or in-service aircraft, says Esterline. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Meanwhile, Esterline Belgium, formerly Barco, has signed memorandum of agreement (MoA) with Lockheed Martin to develop further long-term partnerships should the Belgian government select the F-35 as successor to its F-16s. The MoA – which mainly concerns avionics and rugged display products, Esterline says – comes three years after the two companies concluded an initial agreement to seek further collaborations in the framework of the F-16 replacement programme.

Kristof Vierin, the company’s vice-president, sales, avionics systems says the MoA will extend the relationship between the two firms “for decades to come” and “also means more activity for our facility in Kortrijk [northern Belgium]”.

Gregory Day, F-35 Belgium business development for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, says the collaboration will allow the companies to “mutually explore research and development opportunities”.

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