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Austria opts for Acehawk avionics

8th June 2017 - 15:11 GMT | by Alice Budge in London

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Global Aviation Solutions (GAS) announced on 1 June that it will provide its Acehawk avionics systems for nine Austrian S-70A-42 Black Hawk helicopters.

The contract, which is valued at more than $40 million, involves the design, manufacture, installation and testing of a new avionics system for the Austrian Armed Forces, to be completed by the third quarter of 2020.

GAS President and CEO Darrell Kindley said that the avionics modernisation programme 'will keep the Austrian Black Hawks supportable for another 20 years’.

The Acehawk avionics upgrade includes the Garmin G5000H integrated flight deck, the Avalex Technologies Cockpit Management Unit (CMU) and a digital mapping system.

According to Kindley, ‘the Acehawk is the only day/night VFR/IFR,  NextGen/Single European Sky compliant solution available on the market today for UH-60A/Ls and S-70s’.

The Garmin G5000H features four 12-inch, NVIS compatible, 4K HD displays and two touchscreen controllers that provide pilots with the ability to manage and control a range of systems, including navigation, communication, traffic surveillance, electronic entries and remote audio/intercom systems.

The system also features panoramic view and synthetic vision technology, a fully integrated flight management system, TCAS II traffic system, global connectivity and flight data services and the ability to integrate third party radios and sensors without impacting the G5000H software.

The Acehawk concept was unveiled to the public at the Heli-Expo exhibition in Dallas in March. 

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