Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thales chinook 'top deck' demo

Uses trackball interface for pilots to access data on screen - integrated - testbed Sikorsky S-76 helicopter.

New chink has 2 six by eight LCD displays which are video capable plus tablet data input 'tactical ipad'

Architecture offers upgrade path through 2050. Much technology from civil aviation though requiring military certification. And adjustment for combat worthiness.

Focus on helicopter crew being 'eyes out' mission focused rather than instruments focused.

46 helicopters, 8 mis-procured helicopters being 'reverted' to mk 3 standard and first delivery will occur asap. First flight in 2010.

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Location:Farnborough, UK

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