(CANSEC Defence and Security show, Ottawa, Canada, June 2, 2010) -- Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) will participate in the Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID) trials to be held in June 2010. CMC is demonstrating its TacView(r) portable mission display in a simulated joint U.S. - Canada combat search and rescue mission. Role players from the Canadian Air Force and the U.S. Air Force will evaluate the TacView for suitability in their respective theatres of operations.
The TacView is a ruggedized, night vision imaging system-compatible smart display designed for rapid and inexpensive installation in fixed and rotary wing aircraft. The TacView interfaces seamlessly with most aircraft data networks, and can often be installed without modification to the aircraft's legacy systems. TacView runs Microsoft XP(r) compliant software, providing a wide range of options and capabilities to the aircrew.
Designed for use in harsh environments, the TacView system increases situational awareness while decreasing crew workload. For CWID 2010, the TacView will host mission planning software and will display a moving map with an overlaid tactical situation picture using data acquired through an airborne data link. The TacView will also display remote UAV sensor video and will provide paperless cockpit functions.
CWID is an annual exercise led by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that enables combatant commands, military services and national civil authorities in the U.S. and its allied countries to investigate and assess new technologies. The program addresses identified capability gaps and supports the accelerated and deliberate acquisition of selected technologies. Each year, CWID conducts trials to evaluate new and emerging technologies in a realistic environment with collaboration from allied countries. In 2010, CWID will conduct two scenarios: coalition task force, and homeland security and defence. The TacView is scheduled to participate in both CWID scenarios.
Jean-Michel Comtois, vice president, marketing and sales, government and public affairs, Esterline CMC Electronics, stated: "Our compact TacView is specifically designed to facilitate airborne mission effectiveness through improved real-time situational awareness. These trials are an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the TacView's capability to meet the growing need for cost-effective cockpit functionality enhancements."
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics selected the TacView system to meet current and future C-130J mobile display system (MDS) requirements, to perform secure tactical data link communications and paperless cockpit operations enabling unprecedented situational awareness for the crew. CMC Electronics has supplied the TacView system to the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) for its AC-130 gunship aircraft, and to BAE Systems for the U.S. Navy C-130T aircraft.
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