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Rockwell Collins Tech Streams UAS Video to Military Helicopter Cockpits

By Juliet Van Wagenen | October 12, 2015
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Cockpit featuring streaming video from UAS on the first screen to the right
Cockpit featuring streaming video from UAS on the first screen to the right. Photo: Rockwell Collins

[Avionics Today 10-12-2015] Rockwell Collins has delivered its Secure Real Time Video (SRTV) solution to the U.S. Army to support its Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) operations. The solution allows real-time video from an unmanned aircraft to stream directly to the cockpit of a warfighter flying a military helicopter. The open architecture approach to cockpit avionics systems allows the solution to be quickly installed on other helicopter platforms across the military services.

As part of the program, Rockwell Collins has implemented the necessary MUM-T capabilities through the integration of a third-party Common Data Link (CDL) transceiver. To do this, the company leveraged the open systems architecture design and interfaces provided by Rockwell Collins’ Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS), allowing seamless integration of video and mission data from unmanned aircraft.

“Giving Army pilots access to real-time video streams in their cockpits will directly improve their ability to successfully execute missions more safely and efficiently,” said Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager of airborne solutions for Rockwell Collins. “In addition, the proven, open systems architecture approach we use allows us to quickly deliver this capability to our other customers in a highly cost-effective manner.”

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