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12 novembre 2015 4 12 /11 /novembre /2015 13:25
KC-390 photo Embraer

KC-390 photo Embraer


Nov 11, 2015 ASDNews Source : Rockwell Collins


Rockwell Collins has been selected by Embraer to provide the Cargo Handling and Aerial Delivery Control System (CHADCS) for the Brazilian Air Force’s KC-390 program. “The CHADCS selection is a significant increase to our KC-390 content and is an example of both continuing to leverage our advanced Pro Line Fusion capabilities in expanded ways and also of innovating to address new opportunities,” said Alan Prowse, vice president and managing director, Americas, for Rockwell Collins. “The win exemplifies the continued trust that Embraer has in Rockwell Collins based on our performance on the KC-390 to date.”

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16 septembre 2015 3 16 /09 /septembre /2015 07:20
photo Elbit Systems of America

photo Elbit Systems of America


14 September, 2015 BY: James Drew – FG


Washington DC  - The US Navy has placed its third order with Rockwell Collins and Elbit Systems of America (ESA) for a night vision cueing and display system that allows pilots to fly and fight as if it were daytime.


The system lets pilots using Elbit’s four-lens panoramic night vision goggle visually cue weapons and sensors and see head-up displaysymbology in the dark, giving them the ability to engage in high off-boresight air-to-air shots and air-to-surface strikes as they would visually during the day. Under a$21 million ceiling contract awarded by the navy last month, theRockwell Collins-ESA Vision Systemsjoint venture will produce120 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) Night Vision Cueing and Display (NVCD) systems, and 30 helmet-mounted display test sets.


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29 juillet 2015 3 29 /07 /juillet /2015 12:20
F-35 Gen III Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS) - Rockwell Collins

F-35 Gen III Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS) - Rockwell Collins


29 juil 2015 par Morgan - ubergizmo.com


Quand on achète un casque de moto plusieurs centaines d'euros, on est en droit d'attendre une certaine qualité, et surtout un bon niveau de sécurité. Et quand on achète un casque à 400 000$ ? On pourrait s'attendre à pouvoir voir à travers les murs, non ? Précisément !


Ce casque à 400 000$ (360 000€) minimum, c’est le F-35 Gen III Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS), conçu tout spécialement pour fonctionner avec l’avion de chasse F-35 Lightning II. C’est Rockwell Collins qui fut chargé de la conception de ce casque. Équipé, comme son nom l’indique, d’un système d’affichage tête haute permettant au pilote d’avoir des informations critiques – altitude, vitesse du vent, cible, avertissements divers, etc – toujours à portée de vue, il permet aussi de voir à l’extérieur comme s’il n’y avait pas la carlingue…


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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 17:20
Rockwell Collins providing secure GPS receivers for Harris tactical radios

Harris Corporation's Falcon III radios will soon be equipped with secure GPS receivers from Rockwell Collins. Photo: Harris Corporation


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, March 19 By Richard Tomkins  (UPI)


Secure, jam-resistant GPS receivers for tactical radios are being provided to Harris Corporation by Rockkwell Collins. Rockwell Collins said Harris has ordered 5,000 of its MicroGRAM system, the largest annual purchase it has received for the system. The Micrograms are being delivered over a period of three years. "MicroGRAM enables Harris Corporation to meet military customer demands for embedded, secure GPS," said Mike Jones, vice president and general manager of Communication and Navigation Products for Rockwell Collins. "MicroGRAM protects warfighters from the growing jamming and spoofing threats on the battlefield, while enhancing survivability and mission success."


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8 octobre 2014 3 08 /10 /octobre /2014 16:35
photo Zen Technologies

photo Zen Technologies


Oct 7, 2014 ASDNews Source : Rockwell Collins


NEW DELHI, India (Oct. 7, 2014) - Rockwell Collins and Zen Technologies announced today that the two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to combine their strengths in simulation and training to offer industry-leading, high fidelity solutions to Indian military customers.


Rockwell Collins, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with facilities in Hyderabad and near New Delhi, provides world-class aviation simulation and training products, systems and integration solutions. Zen Technologies, based in Hyderabad, India, specializes in supplying industry-leading ground military simulation and training solutions.


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3 juillet 2014 4 03 /07 /juillet /2014 16:50
Rockwell Collins showcasing F-35 Lightning II HMDS at Farnborough Airshow 2014


Jul 2, 2014 ASDNews Source : Rockwell Collins


    MultiScan ThreatTrack Weather Radar, EVS-3000 Enhanced Vision System and HeliSure Situational Awareness system on display for first time at Farnborough


In celebration of the F-35 making its international debut, the Rockwell Collins ESA Vision Systems F-35 Lightning II Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS) will be in the spotlight at the Farnborough Airshow 2014.


The F-35 HMDS provides pilots with unprecedented situational awareness. All the information that pilots need to complete their missions – through all weather, day or night – is projected on the helmet’s visor, an industry first. In addition, real-time imagery streamed from six infrared cameras mounted around the aircraft to the helmet, allows pilots to “look through” the airframe.


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4 avril 2014 5 04 /04 /avril /2014 07:50
Le système de communication des Gripen sous le feu de la critique



30.03.2014 rts.ch


Le système de communication des Gripen E est sur la sellette. Selon Le Matin Dimanche, Saab a décidé de travailler avec une société américaine proche du Département américain de la défense.


Les Gripen E convoités par l’armée suisse seront équipés d’un système de communication américain, selon une information du Matin Dimanche. Le groupe aéronautique suédois Saab a en effet écarté la société bernoise Roschi Rohde & Schwartz, pressentie pour équiper les futurs Gripen, et choisi le géant américain Rockwell Collins, proche du Département américain de la défense.


Selon des experts dans le domaine de la guerre électronique, les Américains pourraient accéder aux transmissions des jets suisses. Les clés de cryptage seront suisses, mais le boîtier du système et son logiciel seront américains.


Pas d'accès au code source


Les Helvètes n’auront pas accès au code source et la maintenance se fera aux Etats-Unis. De quoi permettre aux Américains de poser un mouchard s’ils le souhaitent, estiment les experts.


Interrogés par Le Matin Dimanche, le Département de la défense (DDPS) et Saab répondent que "l'utilisation de composants (ndlr: hardware et software) non européens n’a jamais été exclue".

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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 08:25
Rockwell Collins selected for Mexican Air Force C-130 avionics upgrade


Mar 25, 2014 ASDNews Source : Rockwell Collins


Rockwell Collins’ Flight2™ integrated avionics system has been selected by Cascade Aerospace for the Mexican Air Force C-130 upgrade program. This equipment will be installed on Mexico’s two C-130K Hercules aircraft.


“Mexican Air Force pilots will experience greater situational awareness and communications capabilities with the highly advanced avionics on board these aircraft,” said Alan Prowse, vice president and managing director, the Americas for Rockwell Collins.  “This government-to-government contract via Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) will complete the modernization of Mexico’s two C-130K Hercules aircraft.  Through our work with Cascade Aerospace, we look forward to continuing our long legacy of helping C-130 pilots achieve their missions with these important upgrades."


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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 17:20
USAF seeks new helmet-mounted display

21 Mar 2014 By Jon Hemmerdinger - FG

Washington DC - The US Air Force is seeking an improved digital helmet-mounted display (DHMD) for pilots, in response to the increasing complexity of aircraft and weapons systems.

In a recent request for information posted on the US government’s procurement website, the USAF says it seeks a helmet that improves pilots’ situational awareness and has features that integrate sensor data to help pilots better identify targets. The helmet system should also monitor pilot health and oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the helmet.

Oxygen-related issues were found to have caused a series of hypoxia incidents that led to a four-month fleet-wide grounding of Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptors in 2011. An F-22 oxygen system problem also preceded one fatal crash.

However, the USAF's request – posted in February but updated on 13 March – does not say which aircraft the helmet would be used for, and the service did not immediately respond to a request for more information.

“The government is interested in receiving information on a broad array of technologies that have the potential to enhance aircrew warfighter operational capabilities in fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft platforms,” says the request.

“As weapon systems have become increasingly complex and aircrews are exposed to extensive amounts of battlespace information, it has become clear that a significant effort is necessary to provide a revolutionary leap in [DHMD] capability.”

The request says the USAF seeks a new helmet that makes better use of symbol displays – called symbology – and possibly uses “conformal”, or three-dimensional, symbols.

Also of interest is eye tracking technology that would allow information to be presented where pilots are looking, rather than where they are facing, says the USAF.

The service also wants a helmet that digitally incorporates night vision capability, and one that collects information gained from a variety of sensors, including mid-wave and long-wave infrared sensors and light detection and ranging (LIDAR) sensors, says the request.

The USAF wants that information to be processed using algorithms that would help the pilot to better detect and identify ground objects, such as vehicles, humans, terrain hidden by fog, haze or dust, as well as objects concealed by floors and vehicles, says the service.

In addition, the system should be able to distinguish whether humans or vehicles are friend or foe, says the notice.

It would also have cognitive and physiological pilot monitoring that would identify, and prevent mishaps caused by pilot fatigue, cognitive overload, unconsciousness or spatial disorientation. The eye tracking system could potentially monitor vigilance and sleepiness by monitoring blinking and the amount of time a pilot’s eyes are closed, says the request.

The USAF is interested in monitoring heart activity with electrocardiogram data and brain activity with electroencephalography data.

The helmet system could also monitor “galvanic skin response” – used to identify sweat – blood flow, hydration and mask oxygen and carbon dioxide content, says the USAF.

In 2011, the service grounded all F-22s due to hypoxia incidents later attributed to issues with the aircraft’s onboard oxygen generation system and the pilot’s upper pressure garment. The grounding followed an F-22 crash in November 2010 that was preceded by failure of an oxygen sensor. That crash killed the pilot.

The USAF blamed the crash on the pilot, saying he failed to activate an emergency oxygen supply, but a later Pentagon report found the service’s conclusions were based on insufficient evidence.

Lockheed, which is integrating a helmet-mounted display from Vision Systems International (VSI) into its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, says it does not know which aircraft the new helmet is intended for.

Rockwell Collins, which joined with Elbit Systems to form VSI, could not be reached for comment.

The helmet for the F-35, the only fighter that currently has a digital helmet-mounted display, suffered developmental delays sufficient to lead the military to seek an alternative helmet in September 2011.

BAE Systems proposed a design, but the F-35’s programme office decided in October 2013 to stick with VSI.

Lockheed says the latest “third-generation” VSI helmet is progressing, noting that it plans to flight test the helmet in an F-35 in the third quarter of this year.

Features of VSI’s helmet include symbology, a virtual head-up display, mounted night vision and real-time video that is integrated with the aircraft’s 360˚ situational awareness system, says Lockheed

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4 février 2014 2 04 /02 /février /2014 20:20
Vision Systems International développe le casque pour les pilotes des F-35 (Photo: VSI)

Vision Systems International développe le casque pour les pilotes des F-35 (Photo: VSI)


4 février 2014 par Nicolas Laffont – 45eNord.ca


Après bien des problèmes, c’est cette année que les pilotes de F-35 vont débuter les essais d’intégration du viseur de casque modifié sur l’avion de Lockheed Martin. Le modèle qui va être essayé, intègre les modifications au système d’affichage de la génération précédente.


«J’ai vraiment confiance que nous sommes sur la bonne voie, nous avons le bon plan pour ces correctifs mis en place», a déclaré le lieutenant-colonel Matthew Kelly, responsable gouvernemenal des vols d’essais au centre intégré de formation du F-35 à la Naval Air Station de Patuxent River, Maryland.

Comme rien n’est simple dans le programme F-35, la version du viseur de casque testée jusqu’à maintenant, avait démontré de nombreux problèmes de mise au point. En effet, l’acuité de vision nocturne du viseur de casque (HMDS) avec imagerie au silicium avait montré des signes de faiblesse, lorsque la lumière était faible et rendait presque impossible un usage de nuit.

Notre journaliste Nicolas Laffont avec un casque de F-35, à l’usine de production de Lockheed Martin, à Fort-Worth, en juin 2012. (Archives/Lockheed Martin)

L’autre problème décelé concernait une instabilité latente (informations qui vibrent) additionné d’une lenteur d’affichage des paramètres sur la visière.

Lockheed Martin avait ainsi mandaté BAE Systems en septembre 2011 pour développer un autre casque et minimiser ainsi les risques d’échec. Mais en octobre 2013, l’entreprise de défense américaine faisait machine arrière et décidait de tout miser sur le casque de Rockwell Collins et Elbit Systems of America, en réalisant au passage une économie de 45 millions $.

Il fallait cependant que les problèmes soit corrigés, et le nouveau système développé par Rockwell Collins et Elbit Systems of America dispose désormais de nouveaux algorithmes de filtrage qui permettent de supprimer les vibrations. De plus, de nouveaux capteurs de pixel actif (EBAPS) doivent apporter une qualité visuelle de nuit cette fois-ci équivalente à des jumelles nocturnes traditionnelles.

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4 décembre 2013 3 04 /12 /décembre /2013 17:20
Rockwell Collins EP-8000 image generators selected for BoeingaEUR(tm)s Apache Longbow Crew Trainers



Dec 4, 2013 ASDNews Source : Rockwell Collins


Rockwell Collins will supply EP-8000 image generators for Boeing Apache Longbow Crew Trainers (LCT).


LeAnn Ridgeway, vice president and general manager of Simulation & Training Solutions for Rockwell Collins, said the contract is the latest example of providing reliability and innovation for the Apache LCT program.


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29 novembre 2013 5 29 /11 /novembre /2013 17:20
Air Force orders new software from Rockwell Collins



CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Nov. 27 (UPI)


Next-generation software for the U.S. Air Force's Tactical Air Control Party close air support system is to be developed by Rockwell Collins.


The contract for development, testing, fielding and support of the software is worth $15 million, the company said.


"The Rockwell Collins TACP 1.4.5 software offering capitalizes on our company's vast experience in close air support system solutions," said Tommy Dodson, vice president and general manager of Rockwell Collins Surface Solutions. "We are building on 12 years of continuous support to the TACP-Modernization Program to deliver next generation solutions for the dismounted, static, mounted, and C2 echelons of the TACP community."


Rockwell said it expects development of the software to be completed by the summer of 2016 and that it will provide "a modern graphic user interface and updated aircraft capabilities, and integration of TACP modernization systems."


Additional details were not provided.


The Tactical Air Control Party system is used to help coordinate Air Force support for ground forces.

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15 octobre 2013 2 15 /10 /octobre /2013 07:20
F-35: Lockheed mise tout sur le casque de Génération 2 et annule la recherche d’autres solutions (VIDÉO)

Vision Systems International développe le casque pour les pilotes des F-35 (Photo: VSI)


14/10/2013 par Jacques N. Godbout – 45eNord.ca


Bae systems, F-35, Gen 2, JPO, Lockheed Martin, Rockwell Collins, Elbit Systems, Vision Systems International


Le programme américain de développement du F-35, le «US F-35 Joint Program Office» (JPO), mise tout sur le casque Vision Systems International Generation 2 de Rockwell Collins Elbit Systems et annule le programme similaire de BAE Systems.


C’est d’ailleurs le casque America Vision Systems Generation 2 (Gen 2) qui est utilisé actuellement dans la formation et l’entraînement.


Pourtant, les responsables du Pentagone avaient déjà été contraints dans le passé de reporter la phase de tests opérationnels du F-35 en raison de problèmes avec ce casque de haute technologie pour les futurs pilotes.


C’est pour cette raison que BAE Systems avait commencé à développer un casque alternatif en vertu d’une initiative parallèle du développement du casque – intégrant un casque de combat plus traditionnel équipé de lunettes de vision de nuit – dans le cas où les problèmes de développement du casque Gen 2 n’auraient pu être résolus de façon satisfaisante.


L’initiative visait également à réduire les risques et à résoudre certains autres problèmes techniques.


Avec cette décision d’annuler maintenant le programme de BAE, qui permettra aux contribuables américains d’épargner 45 millions $, le JPO se retrouve toutefois sans solution de rechange advenant de nouveaux problèmes avec le casque de Rockwell Collins Elbit.


C’est ce qu’on appelle mettre tous ses oeufs dans le même…casque.


La vice-présidente et directrice générale du programme du F-35 Lightning II chez Lockheed-Martin, Lorraine M. Martin, a déclaré quant à elle que sa société et ses fournisseurs continueront de se concentrer sur le développement et la livraison du casque et la fourniture de capacités conformes à la «déclaration de capacité opérationnelle initiale».


«La décision du gouvernement de procéder exclusivement avec le casque principal indique bien sa confiance dans les performances du casque et en la résolution de problèmes techniques déjà identifiés», a déclaré Mme Martin.


Le programme «helmet mounted display system (HMDS) doit aussi développer un casque de Genération 3 (Gen 3) qui disposera d’un appareil photo amélioré de vision nocturne, de nouveaux écrans à cristaux liquides, del’alignement automatique et d’améliorations logicielles.


La présentation du Gen 3est prévue pour 2016 et les tests de développement doivent commencer en 2017.


Quant au casque Gen 2, le Corps américain des Marines compte maintenant qu’il sera opérationnel pour les pilotes de F-35B dès juillet 2015.


En plus de fournir aux pilotes de chasse une «conscience situationnelle» sans précédent, les casques du F-35 leur fourniront toute l’information nécessaire pour remplir leurs missions dans toutes les conditions météorologiques, de jour comme de nuit.

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25 septembre 2013 3 25 /09 /septembre /2013 07:35
Rockwell Collins selected by Australian Army to provide 'eyes and ears' for soldiers



Sep 24, 2013 ASDNews Source : Rockwell Collins


    Patrol Persistent Surveillance System combines sound, vibration and imaging sensors for enhanced situational awareness


The constant monitoring of threats against military bases, forward observation posts and other secure facilities can be time-intensive and dangerous. To solve this problem for the Australian Defence Forces, Rockwell Collins developed and recently delivered the Patrol Persistent Surveillance System (PPSS).


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7 mai 2013 2 07 /05 /mai /2013 17:20
L-3 selects Rockwell Collins for USAF EC-130H avionics upgrade program



May 7, 2013 ASDNews Source : Rockwell Collins, Inc


L-3 Platform Integration has selected Rockwell Collins as the avionics solution provider for a communication, navigation and surveillance/air traffic management (CNS/ATM) avionics upgrade for the U.S. Air Force EC-130H aircraft.


The EC-130H CNS/ATM program calls for upgrading the Air Force’s legacy EC-130H Compass Call aircraft with proven, cost-effective avionics that provide compliance with international CNS/ATM airspace standards meeting necessary calendar year 2020 navigation performance mandates. The EC-130H CNS/ATM avionics suite will also address issues with diminishing manufacturing sources, lowering life cycle costs over the next 20 years.


”Our avionics solution provides the EC-130H aircraft with cost-effective CNS/ATM avionics upgrades that meet present and future civil airspace requirements,” said Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager of Airborne Solutions.


Rockwell Collins is a leading provider of cost-effective C-130 avionics upgrades, having completed more than 125 C-130 upgrades worldwide over the last decade. This program will provide Air Force EC-130H pilots with some of the most advanced communication and navigation equipment along with improved situational awareness to help them accomplish their missions.


Together, L-3 and Rockwell Collins offer proven C-130 CNS/ATM compliant systems and low-risk integration capabilities. The companies have worked together on military avionics and systems upgrades for other military customers and have direct experience working together on CNS/ATM-compliant solutions for other U.S. Department of Defense programs.

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23 avril 2013 2 23 /04 /avril /2013 07:30
Rockwell Collins avionics picked for C-130 upgrade

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, April 22 (UPI)


Three C-130 aircraft of the Omani air force undergoing upgrade are to be fitted with Rockwell Collins' Flight2 avionics system.


The Flight2 avionics system will give the aircraft unrestricted access to global airspace by meeting Communication, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management airspace requirements.


"Royal Air Force of Oman pilots will experience greater situational awareness and communications capabilities with the highly advanced avionics onboard these aircraft," said Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager of Airborne Solutions for Rockwell Collins. "Through our work with ST Aerospace and the Royal Air Force of Oman, we look forward to continuing our long legacy of helping C-130 pilots achieve their missions with these important upgrades."


Inclusion of the system is to begin this year in Singapore, where ST Aerospace is modernizing the aircraft.


Included in the avionics upgrade are new primary flight displays, a new flight management system, autopilot, communication radios, navigation sensors and surveillance systems, a terrain awareness and warning system and digital map.

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11 juillet 2012 3 11 /07 /juillet /2012 09:45



11 July 2012 Thales


Thales Australia has signed a contract with prime contractor Rockwell Collins Australia to deliver its market-leading optronics systems as part of a Department of Defence indirect fire support upgrade program.


A significant number of Sophie MF long range multi-function binoculars / thermal imagers and TYR laser target designators will be provided as part of the LAND 17 1B program for a Digital Terminal Control System to improve coordination and terminal control of air, naval and land fire support.


The Thales optronics sensors will be seamlessly integrated into Rockwell Collins’ Firestorm joint fires targeting system to provide a complete turnkey solution.


Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins said: "We have worked very closely with Rockwell Collins Australia to provide an advanced solution that will help the Australian Defence Force enhance its offensive support systems to provide greater tactical flexibility and precision targeting capability. The Sophie family of thermal imagers is used around the world, and we have recently upgraded our optronics facilities in Australia to offer an extensive and responsive local support capability for both thermal and laser equipment.”


A world leader in the design and manufacture of thermal imagers, Thales’s Sophie family of both cooled and uncooled products meets the full spectrum of observation, surveillance, orientation and fire-control requirements of today’s defence and security forces. Nondetectable due to their passive infrared operation, Sophie systems can be used day and night and under all weather conditions. Since their introduction, over 10,000 Sophie units have been sold to more than 45 countries. There are currently around 300 Sophie units

already in service with the Australian Defence Force, as well as a quantity of TYRs.


The Sophie MF is a complete acquisition, identification and location system that weighs less than 3kg. It can be used day or night, with a high resolution stabilised image, plus an eyesafe laser rangefinder, GPS and direction finder.


The TYR is a state of the art compact laser target designator that can operate in standalone applications, with forward observation sensor equipment, dismounted soldiers or vehicle mounted platforms. The TYR designates targets and provides both accurate range data and images of the laser spot on the target to allow laser-guided munitions to be accurately deployed.

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