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Colombia receives special S-70i helicopters

  |   Oct. 18, 2013 at 2:15 PM
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The Colombian Army has received the first two S-70i Black Hawk helicopters with the helicopter terrain awareness and warning system as standard equipment.

Sikorsky Aircraft said the helicopter terrain awareness and warning system was customized for combat assault and utility missions.

"HTAWS will give military operators 360-degree situational awareness in low visibility, day or night, and at altitudes as low as 75 feet," said Jennifer Caruso, Sikorsky vice president of Army and Air Force Programs. "As a new baseline capability for all S-70i Black Hawk aircraft, this high resolution system will enable aircrews to perform their demanding missions with greater safety and effectiveness."

The military HTAWS, developed in collaboration with Sandel Avionics, features a dedicated sunlight-readable display compatible with night vision goggles that is integrated with the aircraft's dual GPS/INS system and digital map, radar altimeter, heading system and air data computer.

It displays the GPS location of the aircraft, terrain, roads, and obstacles such as transmission lines.

The two aircraft, which are international military versions of the UH-60, were delivered to Colombian Army officials earlier this week at the company's Florida Assembly and Flight Operations facility in Florida. Colombian Army personnel then flew the aircraft to their home country.

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