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Rockwell Collins developing 3-D radar

June 8, 2012 at 7:54 AM

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, June 8 (UPI) -- Rockwell Collins is to develop a 3-D synthetic vision-based imagery system that will be used with multifunction radar for the U.S. military.

The work will be undertaken in a arrangement with BAE Systems and is worth $5.1 million for the first two development phases under Multi-Function Radio Frequency program for future helicopters.

A contract option for a third development phase, if exercised, would be worth an additional $6 million.

"Rockwell Collins has been an industry leader in developing synthetic vision for commercial aircraft and helicopters and now we're bringing that capability to the military rotary wing market segment," said Dave Nieuwsma, vice president and general manager of Airborne Solutions for Rockwell Collins.

"Working with the Army, we have successfully flight tested this technology on a Black Hawk helicopter and are looking forward to working with DARPA to further develop this capability."

Under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency award, Rockwell Collins will fuse radar data with terrain and obstacle data for an integrated 3-D view of the operational environment.

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