BAE Systems has received a contract modification from the UK Land Forces HQ Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) to continue providing advisory web-based aviation deconfliction planning services (ADPS).
The unspecified contract modification follows the original award secured by BAE in September 2011, and covers the supply of ADPS to the UK Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy for one year.
ADPS is based on BAE’s centralised aviation data service (CADS) solution, which reduces the risk of collision and wirestrikes in uncontrolled airspace through transmission of a common view of planned routes to all UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) users functioning from disparate operating bases.
Commenting on the award, MoD Boscombe Down wing commander Al Dale said the CADS would continue preserving the MoD’s flight safety ethos by playing a significant role in lessening the risk of a mid-air collision to as low as reasonably practical.
"The service provided to date has undergone continual development through pro-active engagement with the user community along with application of company initiative and expertise," Dale said.
CADS provides all operators and supervisors from each of the disparate JHC units with full visibility of all night, low-level movements, ensuring collaborative air-to-air deconfliction and management of all active aircraft types in the airspace.
The web-based solution helps flight planners instantly share information for flight schedules within the same geographical area and timeframe, eventually saving critical time and administration for military pilots.
Visiting aircraft from outside of JHC will also benefit from the solution, which allow sharing of hazardous wires and obstructions information on national scale, regardless of base location to help safeguard the lives of aviators.
Services provided under the initial contract were used to manage night flying operations over UK counties Somerset and Wiltshire, which are identified as low-flying regions.
Image: Aviation de-confliction planning services will help UK MoD in safeguard pilots’ lives. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems PLC.