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DSEi 2011: Making brown-out a BLAST

14th September 2011 - 11:55 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London


A BAE Systems programme to make brown-out landings safer is now in its final phases of testing.

The Brownout Landing Aid System Technology (BLAST) has been under development by the company's defence avionics division since 2008. The system uses the 94 GHz millimetre-wave radar seeker from the Brimstone missile, which scans ahead of the helicopter looking for obstacles in the area where the pilot is planning to land the aircraft.

The information from the seeker is then presented on a display allowing the crew to see any obstacles, regardless of size or dimension that might prevent a safe landing.


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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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