UAE-based aircraft manufacturer Calidus has selected Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system to equip its new B-250 light-attack aircraft.
Designed for combat and asymmetric warfare, the aircraft was launched at the Dubai Airshow this year.
The Pro Line Fusion is expected to improve the aircraft’s multi-role capabilities to perform basic and advanced flight training, counterinsurgency (COIN), close air support (CAS), and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).
Calidus chief software engineer and official spokesperson Hamdan Al Shkeili said: “We welcome Rockwell Collins as our strategic partner for the B-250’s avionics.
“This partnership reflects our will to ensure our new light-attack aircraft with multi-role capabilities is built around the missions it will fulfil, and will offer its pilots the most advanced, leading-edge technology throughout every one of its components.”
The avionics system includes advanced graphical interfaces integrated with a digital head-up display (HUD), intuitive icons, easily configurable touchscreen and multi-function display windows.
It ensures improved situational awareness during all phases of flight and in different flying conditions, Rockwell stated.
Rockwell Collins Middle East, Turkey and North Africa managing director Talel Kamel said: “The fully integrated Pro Line Fusion cockpit provides a flight deck that connects the aircrew to the aircraft, battlespace and the mission in an unprecedented seamless way.
“The system is highly intuitive for pilots just learning the basics of flight or for advanced aircraft manoeuvring.”
Pro Line Fusion is already being used on a number of different platforms, including business jet, air transport, tilt-rotor and military flight decks.
The system has also been successfully demonstrated for use as a ground control station for unmanned aerial system (UAS) applications.