Embedded Avionics, Military

Collins Aerospace Signs Agreement With PT Dirgantara Indonesia for Digital Cockpit Upgrades

Collins Aerospace will provide the Flight2 aftermarket avionics solution to upgrade the Indonesian Air Force C-130 military transport aircraft. (Photo: Collins Aerospace)

Collins Aerospace and PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) entered into an agreement last week for a modernization effort of the Indonesian Air Force C-130 military transport aircraft. The agreement includes upgrades to 11 C-130 aircraft. Collins Aerospace will be supplying the Flight2 aftermarket avionics solution that includes a suite of communications, navigation, and surveillance equipment.

Martin Hoare, Director of Global Business Development for Military Avionics & Helicopters, commented in the announcement by Collins that the C-130 upgrades will increase operational and mission efficiency. “Included in the avionics upgrade is a full glass cockpit with new primary flight displays that provides commonality to many other C-130 users as well as commercial aircraft,” Hoare explained.

Collins will be leveraging its Flight2 Mobility Mission Application architecture along with the upgrade. This architecture enables system customization to meet certain requirements for missions and to ensure compliance with mandates for regional communications navigation surveillance or air traffic management.

PTDI’s President Director, Gita Amperiawan, remarked on the agreement, saying, “This collaboration shows PTDI’s readiness to implement the work of the Indonesian Air Force’s C-130 modernization program, especially in the avionics upgrade.”

Collins and the U.S. Army signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) in September. The aim of this CRADA is to develop a new approach to certifying multicore processors and safety critical systems modularity for airworthiness.

Collins Aerospace is also involved in a collaboration with Intel to develop a virtual pilot for the Perigon flight control computer. The partnership was announced in April, and the companies plan to embed the Atom X6400E multi-core processor into Perigon. The system has been selected for integration into the DEFIANT X US Army helicopter that is under development by Boeing and Sikorsky. Eventually, the Perigon flight control computer could eliminate the need for a co-pilot and enable single-pilot operations in the future.


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