Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Rockwell Collins to Develop MFRF Avionics
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has contracted Rockwell - for avionics development on the multifunction radio frequency (MFRF) program. The $5.1-million agreement will see Rockwell Collins merging terrain and obstacle data with radar data to create a 3D operational environment view. BAE Systems—which received a $34-million contract in March to develop MFRF along with a team that includes Honeywell, Applied Signal Intelligence, Mustang Technology Group and the University of Michigan—will join Rockwell Collins during the first two phases of the contract. According to a company spokesperson, Rockwell Collins has conducted flight tests for the U.S. Army with a version of synthetic vision technology on Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks as part of the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the U.S. Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate. As part of that agreement, Rockwell Collins provides a CAAS cockpit for use as a testbed, which allows the Army to develop war-fighting technology.