Rockwell to provide avionics system to India’s CH-47F helicopters

30 March 2016 (Last Updated March 30th, 2016 18:30)

Rockwell Collins has secured a contract to provide common avionics architecture systems (CAAS) for the Indian Army's fleet of CH-47F Chinook helicopters.

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Rockwell Collins has secured a contract to provide common avionics architecture systems (CAAS) for the Indian Army's fleet of CH-47F Chinook helicopters.

Awarded by Boeing, the contract will see the company provide CAAS for 15 of the army's CH-47F Chinook helicopters.

It also covers the execution and testing of specific software modifications requested by the Indian Army to meet key mission needs and safety requirements.

Rockwell Collins Airborne Solutions vice-president and general manager Troy Brunk said: "We have a successful track record of integrating CAAS on Chinook helicopters that will ensure that the Indian Defence Ministry will receive on-time, on-budget, advanced avionics.

"The CAAS cockpit provides pilots with enhanced situational awareness while reducing crew workload and enhanced levels of flight safety. These are critically important to safe and effective operation of military aircraft."

CAAS is a fully integrated cockpit flight and mission management capability that provides exceptional mission effectiveness for today's modernised cargo and utility helicopters.

"The CAAS cockpit provides pilots with enhanced situational awareness while reducing crew workload and enhanced levels of flight safety."

Work under the contract will be carried out by the Rockwell Collins India Design Centre.

Integration work is scheduled to begin this year and be completed in 2018.

Originally developed for the US Army's Special Operations Aviation MH-47G Chinook and MH-60L/M Black Hawk aircraft, CAAS is currently used by roughly 400 Chinook helicopters worldwide.

The company expects the system to be installed for another 200 aircraft across the army, navy and coast guard in the next ten years.


Image: Boeing has selected Rockwell Collins to provide its Common Avionics Architecture System for 15 CH-47F Chinook helicopters operated by the Indian Army. Photo: © 2016 Rockwell Collins.