Lockheed Martin is moving forward with Pilotage Distributed Aperture Sensor (PDAS) system development, and next year it plans to flight test the system on Bell’s V-280 Valor tiltrotor aircraft and integrate additional capabilities into the situational awareness technology.
PDAS consists of six integrated infrared (IR) imaging sensors, an open-architecture processor (OAP), and one or more helmet-mounted displays to provide pilots with enhanced situational awareness and threat warning capabilities. In 2018, the company conducted PDAS installation checkouts and integration tests on the V-280. Looking into next year, the company said it anticipates system flight tests at a Bell facility to “capture” 360° imagery from the suite of integrated sensors.
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