THE INTEGRATION OF MULTIPLE AVIONIC SENSORS AND TECHNOLOGIES FOR FUTURE MILITARY HELICOPTERS

Albert J. Shapiro

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: The expanding role of the helicopter in the battlefield environment has burdened the pilot with missions of greater complexity and risk with a concomitant increase in pilot workload. Navigation of the helicopter is an essential supportive element to the prime mission and has until recent years been a significant contribution to the workload. Technological advances in navigational electronics such as Doppler navigation radar, computers, integrated avionic control and display systems, etc., now can provide automated navigation with vital benefits in cost, size, weight and power which permit incorporation of these advances into the helicopter. Cost reductions are particularly important since helicopters are used in large quantities in modern military forces. Multi-sensor navigation systems already available and in use in helicopters are discussed followed by a review of the system trade-offs and considerations leading to new systems that use more advanced digital electronic techniques to achieve the goals of reduced pilot workload, improved performance at minimum size, weight, and cost. The beneficial impact of ongoing technological advances in improving the operating capabilities of future avionics systems is indicated.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 30, Number 1
Pages: 1 - 21
Cite this article: Shapiro, Albert J., "THE INTEGRATION OF MULTIPLE AVIONIC SENSORS AND TECHNOLOGIES FOR FUTURE MILITARY HELICOPTERS", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 30, No. 1, Spring 1983, pp. 1-21.
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