IAI INTRODUCES CWS - THE FIRST MILITARY SYSTEM THAT PREVENTS MID-AIR COLLISION WITH CIVILIAN AIRCRAFT

miércoles, 23 de noviembre de 2016



Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is pioneering military flight safety with the introduction of its Collision Warning System (CWS), an innovative, lifesaving solution designed to warn combat pilots in situations when potential collision with commercial and civilian aircraft is imminent. CWSwas developed by IAI's MALAM Division and will be on display at the I/ITSEC exhibition in Orlando, FL, from November 28- December 2, 2016.

Increasing congestion in civil air space poses a growing challenge to flight safety in general and, specifically for military operations in near proximity to, or within civilian airspace. Extending the collision-warning functions of IAI's EHUD range-independent air-combat maneuvering instrumentation (ACMI), the CWS system can now monitor non-military platforms and warn of the proximity and risk of collision with commercial aircraft. Monitoring is performed through integration of IFF (Interrogation Friend/Foe) and ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast).

The CWS creates an aerial picture and provides a complete air situational picture with warnings visible only to the military pilot - no indications are provided to civilian aircraft. Warnings are provided in three different forms - a voice warning, graphical indication on a tablet panel and via symbols presented on existing cockpit displays (MPD/MFD). The CWS is embedded in existing or new EHUD/ RAIDS/FRP systems, or carried as a stand-alone pod, which requires only a single interface unit, and thus requires only minimal integration into the aircraft.

The system builds the air situational picture based on the reception and interrogation of EHUD, IFF and ADS-B signals. By plotting existing and projected flight paths of all aircraft flying in the area, the system identifies potential collisions and warns the pilot in advance of such events. Among the data processed are the flight characteristics and maneuverability of each fighter jet, which are profoundly different from those of civilian aircraft. Warnings are therefore generated only when a clear and imminent danger exists.
The system is designed for 4th and 5th generation fighter jets, training aircraft, military helicopters and remotely piloted aircraft (RPA). It is based on the extensive experience gained by MLM in the development and deployment of many generations of ACMI systems, and high bandwidth, real-time datalinks. The system is currently in evaluation by a few leading air forces.

"The growing congestion of the airspace and lack of integration between military and civil air spaces requires new, independent solutions to prevent collisions. Such systems will improve flight safety without compromising operational freedom," said Jacob Galifat, General Manager of the IAI/MALAM Division. "The CWS we are introducing today combines the independence, operational freedom, ease of integration and affordability which are so important for the military operator, enabling military pilots to fly safely without risk to civilian or military aircraft nearby, in both training and operational flights."
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Israel Aerospace Industries:IAI Ltd. is Israel's largest aerospace and defense company and a globally recognized technology and innovation leader, specializing in developing and manufacturing advanced, state-of-the-art systems for air, space, sea, land, cyber and homeland security. Since 1953, the company has provided advanced technology solutions to government and commercial customers worldwide including: satellites, missiles, weapon systems and munitions, unmanned and robotic systems, radars, C4ISR and more. IAI also designs and manufactures business jets and aerostructures, performs overhaul and maintenance on commercial aircraft and converts passenger aircraft to refueling and cargo configurations.

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