|Rockwell Collins’ Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS). Photo: Rockwell Collins
[Avionics Today 03-28-2016] Rockwell Collins will provide its Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) for 15 CH-47F Chinook helicopters for the Indian Ministry of Defence. The CAAS cockpit aims to provide pilots with enhanced situational awareness while reducing crew workload, and improved levels of flight safety.
Initially developed for the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Aviation MH-47G Chinook and MH-60L/M Black Hawk aircraft, CAAS is a fully integrated cockpit flight and mission management capability for modernized cargo and utility helicopters. Adopted by the U.S. Army as standard CH-47F cockpit avionics, CAAS is currently fielded on more than 400 Chinooks worldwide and Rockwell Collins expects to install the system in another 200 aircraft across the Army, Navy and Coast Guard with services in partner countries over the next 10 years.
Integration work is scheduled to begin this year and run through 2018. The Rockwell Collins India Design Center will provide implementation and test of specific software changes requested by the Indian Army to meet key mission needs and safety requirements.