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Production of sensor-based landing system for German CH-53s approved

12th March 2012 - 11:19 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London

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German officials have approved the production of a sensor-based landing system to assist CH-53 crews making brownout landings in Afghanistan.

The decision, taken by the Defense and Budget Committee of the German Bundestag with the Federal Office for Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) on 22 February, approved the fitment of the ESG-developed SeLa (Sensor-based Landing Aid) onto some 26 CH-53s over the next two years.

Brownout is a serious issue for the CH-53 as the aircraft produces a heavy downwash, restricting the pilots’ view of the ground during landings at remote locations and some forward operating bases.

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

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