Esterline CMC Electronics has been awarded a contract through Canadian Commercial Corporation to replace the legacy Control Display Units (CDU) for 50 of the US Air Force’s HH-60G PAVE HAWK search and rescue helicopters. The contract includes an option for a further 225 CDUs.

The company will furnish the PAVE HAWKs with its combat-proven CMA-2082MC Flight Management System, in which it will re-host software from the legacy CMA-882. The CMA-2082MC is currently installed and flying on US Army UH-60M, the HH-60M and S-70i export version of the UH-60M.It is an intelligent, self-contained multifunction control and display unit that integrates and provides centralised control of navigation sensors, communications radios, displays, mission avionics and aircraft systems. It features a large, user friendly 3x5in display area, a full alpha-numeric key panel and supports a number of interfaces. For added flexibility, the unit offers multiprocessor support for the development of independent or customer designed software applications. These features, in combination with the unit’s modular, open architecture, provide numerous benefits, including enhanced obsolescence management as well as exceptional growth and upgrade capabilities.

CMC Electronics will upgrade USAF PAVE HAWK helicopters with a new Control Display Unit (Photo: Esterline)

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