By Staff Writer | June 27, 2014
Northrop Grumman has introduced new cockpit technology designed for both rotary- and fixed-wing platforms. The new system features a partitioned architecture software that can be applied to platforms such as the AH-64D/E Apache, H-60L Black Hawk and CH 47D/F Chinook helicopters and is certifiable under DO-178 standards.
Northrop Grumman’s Mission Equipment Package also includes an FAA/EASA certified flight management system that is compliant with both U.S. and European communications, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management standards. The avionics system is Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) compliant, enabling rapid capability insertion while reducing cost and risk for system integration and upgrades.
Northrop Grumman’s Integrated Avionics System is powered by its next-generation FlightPro Gen III mission computers that are already installed in the UH-1Y Venom and AH-1Z Viper platforms under the U.S. Marine Corps H-1 upgrade program. The Marine Corps plans to incorporate the FlightPro Gen III mission computer throughout its future production fleet.
Northrop Grumman’s proposed design solution for the U.S. Army’s H-60L Black Hawk digital cockpit upgrade was demonstrated in a flight test on a UH-60L helicopter, replicating the UH 60M pilot vehicle interface and providing a common training environment for the Army utility helicopter fleet.