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Lockheed Martin’s Pilotage Distributed Aperture Sensor system set for V-280 flight testing

19 December 2018

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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