(Paris, France, June 18, 2007) -- Visualization specialist Barco has won a major contract from AgustaWestland to deliver state-of-the-art avionics touch screen displays for use aboard the UK Royal Navy's EH101 Merlin helicopter fleet. The contract fits within the Merlin Capability Sustainment Plus (MCSP) upgrade program aimed at retaining the aircraft's pre-eminent operational position in the next decades. Thirty helicopters will be upgraded, with an option for a further eight.
Barco will provide AgustaWestland with advanced MFD-2108 multi-function displays, equipped with a sunlight-readable, NVG compatible, 10 by 8 inch screen. The displays will be used in the EH101's cockpit and cabin as a certified (DO-178B and DO-254 level C) Touch Screen Unit (TSU) featuring innovative touch screen technology, which is being demonstrated for the first time at Paris Airshow, in hall 2B, stand J5. Unlike traditional touch screen products, this new technology offers uncompromised brightness, excellent contrast and a wide viewing angle. By adopting this technology, the MFD-2108 presents the user-friendliness of a touch screen device on an avionics-certified display, while keeping its optical performance unaffected. Aboard the Merlin helicopters, Barco's MFD-2108 will replace conventional Control Display Units, thereby improving the human machine interface and reducing the workload for the cockpit crew.