L3 to Furnish HAL Helos with FA2300 MADRAS Data Recorder

L3’s FA2200-2300 MADRAS data recorder. (L3 Technologies)

L3 Aviation Products has been selected by aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to provide the FA2300 Modular Airborne Data Recorder/Acquisition System (MADRAS) for its advanced light helicopter and light combat helicopter production programs. It is a new selection for the light combat helicopter and an extension of the equipment’s selection for the advanced light helicopter.

L3’s FA2300 MADRAS is a line replaceable unit produced in India that provides high-speed recording of flight data and audio critical for post-flight analysis and accident investigation. MADRAS records up to 256 words per second for a minimum of 25 hours and can record four channels of high-quality audio for up to two hours.

In 2015, L3 established a manufacturing facility and avionics repair hub in Bengaluru, India to better serve customers in the region. In 2018, the company began building electronic subassemblies in India for the flight data recorder. L3 currently provides services and support on the MADRAS system at its facility in Bengaluru, which was approved in early 2018 as a CAR 145 repair station serving civil aviation and other non-military customers.

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