DARPA looks to Rockwell Collins to develop synthetic vision avionics for helicopter survivability program
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, 6 June 2012. Rockwell Collins [NYSE: COL], an avionics and communications development and deployment company, has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop the synthetic vision avionics backbone for next-generation helicopter operations under the multi-function radio frequency (MFRF) program.
Synthetic vision systems are a computer-mediated reality system for aerial vehicles that use 3D to provide pilots with means for understanding their environment. These systems provide situational awareness by offering information on a vehicle's flight path and hazards in the area. The first synthetic vision system was tested on a Gulfstream V aircraft in 2005.
The Army Black Hawk synthetic vision flight tests were conducted in conjunction with a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement between Rockwell Collins and the U.S. Army's Aviation Applied Technology Directorate. The agreement calls for Rockwell Collins to provide its CAAS cockpit as a test bed, enabling the Army to develop and demonstrate new technology for warfighters.