French Army Pumas to be fitted with SN4500 display
Sandel Avionics will supply its SN4500 Primary Navigation Display for the French Army’s Puma helicopters under an agreement announced on 4 September. The installation work was secured by Sandel Dealer, Heli Union, located in France.
Approximately 50 Puma helicopters will be retrofitted with dual SN4500 systems as part of a cockpit upgrade programme.
The SN4500 is a 4-ATI display that simplifies navigation and enhances safety with its standard traffic overlay and full-colour moving map NAV. The moving map supports GPS- or FMS-supplied waypoints, heading, bearing pointers for VOR and ADF, DME display and marker beacons.
All the SN4500s will include the unique on-demand NVIS mode only offered by Sandel. The system is FAA approved for use as a primary flight display and designed for both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.
Jean Bernard Desvaux, avionics manager, Heli Union, said: ‘We have represented Sandel products for many years. This French Army project is a great example of how Sandel products provide an ideal retrofit solution with an attractive cost for military operations.’
Jerry Henry, director of technical sales, Sandel, added: ‘After a very successful retrofit with dual Sandel 3-ATI SN3500 Primary Navigation Displays in all of the French Army Fennec training helicopters it was an easy decision to consider the 4-ATI SN4500 for their Puma combat fleet.’
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