Landing system ordered for Army helos

Jan. 25, 2012 at 10:39 AM

SPARKS, Nev., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army is moving to help mitigate the degraded visual environments helicopter pilots frequently encounter during operations in Afghanistan.

The Sierra Nevada Corp. is sending 10 Helicopter Autonomous Landing Systems to the Army in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The system combines three-dimensional radar imagery, digital maps of terrain, satellite imagery and specific guidance on degraded visual environments such as dust storms and fog.

Sierra Nevada said the system enhances flight safety for aircrews as well as enabling safer takeoffs and landings in degraded environments.

The Helicopter Autonomous Landing System can be installed on legacy aircraft as well as advanced models.

The contract to Sierra Nevada was given through Science and Engineering Services to meet the needs of the U.S. Army Aviation Networks Mission Planning Program Directorate.

The value of the contract and details of system deliveries weren't provided by Sierra Nevada.

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