Sandel Avionics, of Vista, Calif., will supply its 3-ATI SN3500 Primary Navigation Display and SG102 Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) for the Japan Ground Self Defense Force's (JGSDF) fleet of 30 new Enstrom 480B turbine helicopters. Enstrom will begin configuring the JGSDF helicopters with the Sandel products immediately and plans call for completing helicopter deliveries over the next three years.
“It was the combination of rugged construction, crisp daylight visibility, ease of operation, proven reliability in military environments, and built-in standby horizon capability that contributed to Sandel being chosen for this military contract,” said Jerry Henry, director of sales at Sandel. “Enstrom’s ability to secure contracts with organizations such as the JGSDF speaks volumes to the quality of helicopters it produces, and we’re proud to be an Enstrom partner.”
Features of the SN3500 include compass heading, moving map, GPS flight plan, traffic display, internal Nav converter, internal autopilot switching, internal Jeppesen NavData database, and a LED sunlight-readable display. Sandel said the SN3500 was designed for compatibility with both digital and analog aircraft and helicopters. Available options include satellite weather and TACAN display, and on-demand Class B NVIS compatibility.