Rockwell Collins selected for KC-390 communications
Rockwell Collins has announced that it has been selected by Embraer to provide its DF-430 Direction Finder and HF-9000 high frequency radios for the Embraer KC-390 transport aircraft. Rockwell Collins made the announcement in a 27 March 2012 company statement.
The DF-430 gives rescuers the ability to home in on a signal from greater distances than any other system – allowing the rescuers to pinpoint the location of distressed vessels from as far away as 200 nautical miles. Before the introduction of the DF-430, search and rescue aircraft had to be within a few miles of vessels before they could detect the older distress signals.
The HF-9000 high-frequency radio system is designed for both fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. Its pressurised antenna coupler offers full operational capability at extreme altitudes and temperatures, while maximising the radiated high-frequency signal power. The system stores 50 manually tuned frequencies and can learn and store tuning data for 99 preset channels.
This latest announcement follows the May 2011 selection by Embraer of the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion-based avionics for the aircraft.
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