Esterline CMC Electronics Awarded Contract for TacView(r) Portable Mission Display from BAE Systems and U.S. Navy
(Montreal, Canada, July 14, 2009) -- Esterline CMC Electronics has been awarded a contract by BAE Systems to supply its portable mission display known as TacView(r) for U.S. Navy C-130T aircraft. The Navy intends to employ two TacView systems per cockpit installation to facilitate paperless cockpit functionality, including aircraft data, procedure manuals and interactive electronic charts for improved situational awareness and streamlined cockpit operations. The Navy currently operates 19 C-130T tanker aircraft.
Jean-Michel Comtois, vice-president, military aviation, CMC Electronics, stated: "Our compact TacView is specifically designed to facilitate military and paramilitary airborne mission effectiveness through improved real-time situational awareness. The BAE Systems contract is excellent news and substantiates TacView's capability to meet the military's growing need for cost-effective cockpit functionality enhancements."
TacView consists of a rugged, compact, self-contained, night-vision imaging system-compatible smart display and companion power supply/interface module. TacView provides functionality enhancements for military transports, fighters and helicopters, without impacting or having to modify the aircraft's existing operational flight program.
Some of the functions that can be hosted by TacView include tactical data-link display for network-centric communications, portable mission planning, digital moving map, real-time weather imagery, electronic aeronautical charts and sensor imaging. The TacView also provides a path to paperless cockpit operations on board military aircraft.
TacView is large enough to display full-size instrument approach charts, checklists and moving maps, but small enough to mount in virtually any cockpit. Cockpit side mount, yoke mount and knee mount options provide the level of flexibility required for a wide range of aircraft. Its super bright, sunlight-readable 5"X7" display features an integrated sliding keyboard, film-on-glass touch sensitive screen and bezel keys that provide an exceptional level of operator interface flexibility.
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics recently selected the compact, portable TacView smart display to meet current and future C-130J Mobile Display System (MDS) requirements. TacView will facilitate secure tactical data link communications and paperless cockpit operations enabling unprecedented situational awareness for the crew.
The design of the TacView Portable Mission Display is based on CMC's industry leading PilotView(r) Electronic Flight Bag. Over 23 STCs are available for the PilotView EFB on aircraft ranging from the Gulfstream GV and GIV and Bombardier Global Express/XRS to the Boeing 737. PilotView is the sole OEM Class 2 EFB option at Dassault, Gulfstream, Pilatus and Sino Swearingen. PilotView has been selected by Rockwell Collins for the Bombardier Global platform, by Embraer for the E-170/190 program, by ATR for the ATR-42 and ATR-72 aircraft, by Bombardier for the CRJ700/900/1000 and by Boeing for the Next-Generation B-737s and BBJs.
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