- Integrated TCAS & ADS-B surveillance system will be standard on Airbus H135/H145
- Enhances helicopter safety and pilot situational awareness
- A minimum five-year contract
Airbus Helicopters has selected the Lynx® Multilink Surveillance System from ACSS, an L3Harris Technologies and Thales Company, for its H135 and H145 platforms.
Under the minimum five-year agreement, ACSS will develop and supply a modified version of its Lynx NGT-9000R+ with integrated ADS-B, Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) specifically optimized for helicopters, providing the most advanced safety and situational awareness features available today.
ACSS’ Lynx NGT-9000R+ was selected as the preferred surveillance solution, replacing two Line-Replaceable Units (LRUs) with one integrated unit, which saves weight and space. It also combines both TCAS and ADS-B traffic information in one integrated unit.
“As the helicopter and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) markets continue to grow, airspace will become more congested. It is vital we develop technologies that create safer skies for the future,” said Terry Flaishans, President, ACSS. “For Airbus Helicopters, the integrated Lynx solution offers dual ADS-B In capabilities for both 1090MHz and 978MHz, which is important for helicopters that typically fly at a slower speed and much closer to the ground.”
The TSO certification is scheduled for early in the second quarter, followed by production deliveries starting in the third quarter of 2020. Under the contract, ACSS will supply a remotely mounted Lynx unit that will fully integrate with the existing Helionix® avionics suite, which will depict the ADS-B and TCAS traffic surrounding the helicopter.
Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS) is a joint venture, with 70 percent owned by L3Harris Technologies and 30 percent owned by Thales, and is part of L3Harris’ Aviation Systems segment. ACSS designs and manufactures products for all aircraft and helicopter segments, and supports products for air transport and regional airlines, business aviation, and helicopter, General Aviation (GA), manned and unmanned military aircraft operators. ACSS produces avionics systems that increase safety, situational awareness, and efficiency for commercial and military flight operators. More than 75,000 ACSS products are operating in commercial, corporate and military aircraft. For more information, visit: https://www.l3commercialaviation.com/avionics.
About L3Harris Technologies
L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $17 billion in annual revenue and 50,000 employees, with customers in 130 countries. L3Harris.com.
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defense and Security markets. With 80,000 employees in 68 countries, Thales reported sales of $22.4 billion in 2018. With over 22,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its exceptional international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world. Thales Avionics is the exclusive air transport sales and support agent of ACSS products. For information about Thales Avionics, visit www.thalesgroup.com.
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