BAE-UK says a system that helps helicopter pilots see in degraded visual environments will be unveiled at the Defense and Security Equipment International exhibition in London scheduled for Sept. 13-16.
BAE’s Brownout Landing Aid System Technology (BLAST) is designed to help helicopter pilots when they have lost visual references due to dust or sand re-circulating during takeoff or landing, a major problem in arid terrains, the company says.
BLAST was tested during a two-week campaign in April at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona, BAE said. Fitted on a Bell UH-1 test-bed helicopter, the system demonstrated effective real-time 3-D visual landing zone representation with overlaid flight information to a pilot in DVE conditions.
The system combines millimeter wave technology with advanced situational awareness capabilities and provides safe-flight capabilities for frontline helicopter crews in diminished visibility conditions such as brownouts, whiteouts, darkness and adverse weather, helping the pilot achieve mission success, said Paul Cooke, business development director of defense avionics for BAE Systems.