Rockwell Collins has completed on schedule its first software delivery to The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] for the U.S. Army’s Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) program. This software provides additional EMARSS mission-specific functionality for the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 flight deck. The EMARSS program previously selected Rockwell Collins to provide its Pro Line 21 flight deck and additional mission capability for the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350ER aircraft.
The software enhancements integrate military mission specific equipment including communication systems and military GPS as well as modified display interfaces, while retaining the civil certification of the avionics system. A key element of the program includes Rockwell Collins integrating the presentation of critical mission information on flight deck displays.
“The EMARSS flight deck will give Army pilots unprecedented mission capability and situational awareness,” said Dave Nieuwsma, vice president and general manager of Airborne Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “The civil certification will allow the aircraft unrestricted access to commercial airspace, providing additional operational flexibility for training and peacetime missions.”
EMARSS is a manned, airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system. It will provide a persistent capability to detect, locate, classify/identify and track surface targets in nearly all weather conditions, day or night, with a high degree of timeliness and accuracy. Boeing will be conducting flight tests to evaluate the performance of the system.