Boeing wins NATO AWACS upgrade programme. (International Report).
US aerospace contractor Boeing has been awarded a $24 M contract to procure long-lead items for use in NATO's Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft Mid-Term Modernisation Programme (MTMP). Proposed MTMP elements include the introduction of flat panel displays for the platform's mission system operators, a new mission computer architecture, the introduction of a digital communications suite, the introduction of an improved Identification Friend-or-Foe (IFF) capability and the introduction of an enhanced, Global Positioning System (GPS)-based navigation capability. Looking at some of these in more detail, the planned display upgrade will offer a Windows-like working environment that will support increased interaction between the operator and the mission system, thereby enhancing overall situational awareness. For its part, the upgraded mission computer architecture will facilitate improved multi-sensor integration, enhanced system reliability, and improved target tracking and identification. The application will also include automatic data recording and replay capabilities, and is an open architecture that will readily accept future hard and software insertions.
The proposed digital communications suite is designed to improve onboard communications management, provide over-the-horizon satellite communications facilities and be better able to operate with the new NATO members in former Eastern Europe. The IFF upgrade includes both transponders and interrogators, and is aimed at making the aircraft compatible with future international air traffic control requirements. At the time of going to press, an MTMP test-bed was reported to be undergoing flight trials and a full scale production/installation MTMP contract covering the remainder of the NATO AWAGS fleet was expected to be awarded during 2002.
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|Title Annotation:||Airborne Warning and Control System|
|Comment:||Boeing wins NATO AWACS upgrade programme. (International Report).(Airborne Warning and Control System )|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Nov 1, 2001|
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