C4iSR: Air

Dubai Airshow 2017: Esterline highlights integrated helicopter solutions

11 November 2017

Esterline is highlighting its integrated helicopter solution with a cockpit demonstrator at the Dubai Airshow as part of its strategy to build up its presence in the region, Jane’s has been told.Esterline's Integrated Helicopter Solutions cockpit demonstrator. (Esterline)Esterline's Integrated Helicopter Solutions cockpit demonstrator. (Esterline)

“The UAE is an important market segment for us as a region, we do have some helicopter opportunities in the country. It is one of our core markets that we are addressing,” Kristof Vierin, Vice-President of Sales at Esterline Avionics Systems, said.

Launched at the CANSEC trade show in June, the Integrated Helicopter Solution allows for a scalable and modular system to be delivered to users in both civil and military markets. The system brings together a number of Esterline’s systems specialties, including avionics, displays, and flight management systems into a single system. Additionally, the system utilises the MOSArt (Modular Open System Architecture) middleware that uses non-proprietary standards, allowing for customers to add externally developed subsystems to their cockpit architecture more easily.

“It has been a trend in the market for the last 10 years, where the customers don’t want to fully depend on an integrator for the software applications. Some customers want to take control of their applications, but they need to take advantage of a certified operating system, certified displays, and a certified environment. They don’t necessarily want to be working on the hardware layer,” Vierin said.

“That’s where MOSArt comes in; it provides an abstraction layer so that when a customer develops a certified application they can run it without losing that certification. We provide a host environment, so that when the customer wants to develop new systems or evolutions, we don’t even have to be in the loop for that.

“The core is fully certified, and we can scale it from a small system all the way up to a more complex mission-oriented system,” he added.

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