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L-3 Selects CMC’s TacView for MH-65 Helicopters

By Tish Drake | February 13, 2012
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Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) has been selected by L-3 Communications to supply its TacView Portable Mission Display to provide a Situational Awareness Data Link (SADL) system for U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopters.

The avionics grade TacView system will interface with the aircraft tactical radios and GPS receiver to support L-3 Communications’ Joint Range Extension (JRE) data link gateway and digital map application to display real-time situational awareness and digital command and control to the aircrew, CMC said. The TacView portable mission display will be leg mounted for crew convenience.

“The JRE-Enabled TacView –– or JET as we like to call it –– is a powerful system that provides U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crews with an unprecedented capability to reduce their workload, enhance their mission effectiveness and increase aircrew safety,” said Mike Lawson, vice president, Advanced Technologies Department, L-3 Communications.

The TacView portable mission display is a compact, self-contained computer and display system designed specifically to enhance real-time, situational awareness for the aircrew, CMC said. The TacView system is flying on the U.S. Air National Guard C-130H aircraft, as part of the Real-Time Information in the Cockpit (RTIC) Program. TacView has been selected for installation on a number of platforms, including the C-130H and C-130T, the international C-130J and the USAF C-17.

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