|Diagram of Honeywell’s IntuVue 3D weather radar. Honeywell
[Avionics Today 10-31-2014] Honeywell Aerospace’s IntuVue 3D Weather Radar System has been selected by the U.S. Navy as part of its upgrade for 14 U.S. Marine Corps KC-130T aircraft.
“Building on a commercial product saves the government critical research and development funds and cycle time by taking advantage of Honeywell’s commercial investment to develop this critical military product,” said Heath Patrick, vice president of the Americas defense aftermarket division of Honeywell Aerospace. “By using the IntuVue RDR-4000M on its KC-130Ts, the U.S. Marine Corps will be better prepared to handle severe weather, hail, lightning and turbulence to conduct efficient and safe missions, thanks to a system that has been proven through millions of flight hours.”
The IntuVue RDR-4000M incorporates unique functionality, such as skin-paint mode during formation and air refueling operations. Skin-paint mode enables a pilot to detect another aircraft and either home in on it or navigate toward it, without requiring visual contact, or maintain aircraft separation during conditions of reduced visibility. It also makes use of a three-dimensional volumetric buffer to store a complete 3-D map of the weather and terrain visible by the radar, among other functions designed to reduce pilot workload.