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Rockwell’s weather radar for RCAF C-130H

4th June 2018 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Rockwell Collins’ weather radar has been selected by Cascade Aerospace to equip the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) C-130H fleet, the company announced on 31 May.

The radar solution will include the WXR-2100 MultiScan ThreatTrack weather radar as well as new MFD-255 and MFD-268 multi-function displays. The radar upgrade will provide RCAF pilots with an enhanced level of weather threat detection when performing SAR missions, assisting with the descent into visual flight conditions in order to define coastal boundaries or areas of rugged terrain.

The WXR-2100 uses advanced weather radar technology to automatically scan the environment, analyse the hazards, adjust for geographic differences in weather, eliminate ground clutter and provide a simple intuitive presentation of the entire weather threat to pilots during flight. It reduces the overall workload of pilots, improve situational awareness and allow for the efficient operation of the aircraft when deviating flight paths to avoid turbulent weather.

Lee Obst, managing director, Rockwell Collins Canada, said: ‘The RCAF is getting the latest in weather threat detection, all while gaining weight and reliability improvements compared to legacy systems. As an off-the-shelf, proven solution, it will have a minimal impact on the existing avionics and is an ideal fit for C-130 operators.’

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