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Honeywell to Develop Black Hawk Synthetic Vision

By Tish Drake | June 19, 2007
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Honeywell said it has been selected by Sikorsky Aircraft to develop and integrate synthetic vision technology to improve helicopter landings in brownout conditions. The $6.9 million, 18-month contract is part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Honeywell will design and demonstrate a synthetic vision systems for the Black Hawk helicopter cockpit that it says will “enhance situational awareness and reduce workload for the pilots operating aircraft in degraded visual environments.” The technology by Honeywell will integrate radar-based sensor information with terrain and obstacle data to provide a highly detailed three-dimensional graphic view of the landing environment on the primary flight display. Honeywell said it will market its technology commercially by 2010.

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