Elbit Systems, Northrop Grumman team for TF/TA system
Elbit Systems has announced that it is developing an innovative Terrain Following and Terrain Avoidance (TF/TA) system in cooperation with Northrop Grumman. The system will improve tactical low-level flight safety for military transport under all weather conditions, day and night.
Under the collaborative development, Elbit Systems’ TF/TA head-up display (TA/TF HUD) application is coupled with Northrop Grumman’s AN/APN-241 terrain following radar for an avionic upgrade for existing or new C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. According to Elbit Systems, the TF/TA HUD demonstrator is expected to fly within the upcoming year on an international customer's C-130 Transport Aircraft.
The TF/TA system relies on a digital terrain elevation database and the terrain following radar as an active sensor, driven and controlled by Elbit Systems’ smart displays. Implemented as part of a ‘Glass Cockpit’ concept, the system is positioned as ‘a competitive and attractive enhancement for C-130 modernisation and upgrading’.
The TF/TA system has already been selected for integration into an ongoing C-130 upgrade programme. Northrop Grumman’s AN/APN-241 radar has been selected as the standard radar for the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules and Alenia C-27J transport aircraft. Additionally, the AN/APN-241 radar has been integrated and installed on the CASA C-295 transport aircraft.
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