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Canada receives CH-47 with Raytheon cockpit

KANATA, Ontario, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- The first of 15 Boeing CH-47 helicopters equipped with Rockwell Collins Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) cockpits has been delivered to Canada.

The CAAS cockpit configuration on the Chinook, which is designated the CH-147 by Canada, includes an enhanced system architecture and tailored pilot-vehicle. Displays provide superior tactical and flight situational awareness through embedded cognitive decision aids for improve flight safety.

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"The CAAS cockpit will provide Canada's military pilots with enhanced situational awareness and safety of flight while significantly reducing their workload," said Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager of Airborne Solutions for Rockwell Collins. "We also continue to deliver on our commitments providing updates to the CAAS system for this customer on budget and on schedule."

In addition to the advanced CAAS solution, the Canada CH-147 helicopter features extended-range fuel tanks and an upgraded electrical system.

Canada ordered 15 of the helicopters in 2009 in a deal with Boeing worth $1.15 billion.

Rockwell Collins Canada said it is offering Canada in-country support for its avionics system on the helicopters.

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