Esterline to supply avionics systems for German Armed Forces’ CH-53GS/GE helicopters


Esterline has been contracted to supply avionics systems for German Armed Forces’ CH-53GS/GE retrofit programme.

Under the contract awarded by Airbus Helicopters, Esterline is to supply the CMC Electronics brand-integrated solution for the upgrade of the German Armed Forces’ CH-53GS/GE Sea Stallion helicopters.

As part of the deal, the CH-53GS/GE’s capabilities will be improved by providing a flexible, modernised cockpit with improved civil navigation features.

Esterline avionics systems president Michel Potvin said: “The German Armed Forces were looking for a cost-effective way to extend the life of their Sea Stallion fleet and we are delighted that the CH-53GS/GE helicopters will benefit from the extensive navigation and radio management capabilities of our CMA-9000 FMS, as well as from our latest generation of smart multi-function displays.

"Our goal is to optimise situational awareness for our commercial and military customers and ensure their mission success.”

“Our integrated helicopter solutions are highly flexible, allowing for multiple levels of modernisation, from a minor upgrade to a full avionics suite. Our goal is to optimise situational awareness for our commercial and military customers and ensure their mission success.”

The upgrade includes Esterline CMC Electronics CMA-9000 flight management system and the Esterline MFD-3068 smart multi-function display.

The CMA-9000 has been optimised for helicopter operations to provide flight management and multi-sensor navigation throughout all phases of flight, radio management and many specialised functions that help reduce pilot workload during mission-critical applications such as search-and-rescue (SAR) and offshore operations.

Supporting both military and civil navigation modes, it is in line with the latest standards for required navigation performance (RNP) and satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) approaches, including localiser performance with vertical guidance (LPV).

The night-vision goggle capability enables night-time operations for police, SAR and emergency medical service operators, making the CMA-9000 suitable for a wide range of helicopter applications, Esterline stated.

The MFD-3068 smart display features modular open system architecture (MOSArt) middleware built with non-proprietary industry standards for the partitioning of applications (ARINC 653) and the latest in multi-core real-time operating systems (RTOS).

It offers true 8-bit colour rendition and has a light-emitting diode (LED) illumination system to support multi-mode operations.


Image: The German Army Sikorsky CH-53G Super Stallion. Photo: courtesy of Julian Herzog via Wikipedia.