HELI-EXPO 2016: Esterline CMC Electronics’ High-Performance FMS and GPS Landing Systems Selected for German Navy NH90 Helicopters
(Heli-Expo – March 1, 2016) Esterline CMC Electronics’ CMA-9000 Flight Management System (FMS) and CMA-5024 GPS Landing System have been selected for use on the NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopters (NFH) for the German Navy, The naval helicopters, also called “Sea Lion”, will be deployed primarily for search and rescue (SAR), transportation and other specialized missions, and will replace the ageing fleet of Sikorsky Sea Kings for the German Navy. The new Sea Lions will be the first NH90s to be delivered by NH Industries with advanced civil navigation capabilities.
Greg Yeldon, president, Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC), said: “We are very proud that NH Industries and the German Navy have selected the CMA-9000 and CMA-5024 to add the latest civil navigation capabilities to this modern naval helicopter. Esterline CMC has a long history of providing FMS and GPS solutions for the most demanding helicopter applications. The German NH90 installation is the latest example of a growing trend among military operators who want their aircraft to meet the latest civil certification requirements, enabling the helicopters to be used both on specialized missions and in civil airspace.”
The CMA-9000 is a field-proven, highly integrated and flexible solution that is optimized for helicopter operations. It provides flight management and multi-sensor navigation throughout all phases of flight, radio management and many specialized functions that help reduce pilot workload during mission-critical applications such as SAR and offshore operations. The CMA-9000 supports both military and civil navigation modes, with compliance to the latest standards for Required Navigation Performance (RNP) and Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) approaches. The integrated radio management system offers savings in terms of size, weight, power and cost on the helicopter. Night Vision Goggle (NVG) capability enables night-time operations for police, SAR and Emergency Medical Service operators, making the CMA-9000 the FMS of choice for demanding helicopter applications.
CMC’s IntegriFlight™ CMA-5024 GPS Landing System Sensor meets the requirements for an Instrument Flight Rules, civil certified Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). The CMA-5024 provides Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) SBAS GPS capability from departure to Non Precision Approach that complies with published Communication Navigation Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) navigational mandates. WAAS/SBAS augments GPS to provide an extremely accurate navigation solution that will support all flight operations from en route through GNSS and WAAS/SBAS Localizer Performance with a Vertical Guidance (LPV) CAT-1 equivalent approach. The CMA-5024 is provisioned for growth to GBAS with a built-in VHF Data Broadcast (VDB) receiver.