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Farnborough 2012: France assesses brown-out solution

9th July 2012 - 13:42 GMT | by Tony Skinner in Farnborough


French special forces are evaluating a new system that aids helicopter operations in degraded visual environments (DVE) with flight tests planned on a Puma helicopter later this year or in early 2013.

At the Farnborough International Airshow, BAE Systems representatives revealed that the French MoD was planning to mount the company's Brownout Landing Aid System Technology (BLAST) to a Puma for a series of tests in France.

BLAST has been developed to provide helicopter pilots a 3-D synthetic view of the landing zone when landing in DVE conditions and employs a 94-GHz millimetre-wave radar fused with a digital terrain elevation

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Tony Skinner


Tony Skinner

Tony Skinner is Shephard Media's Creative Director, overseeing the strategic direction, content development and project …

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