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BAE Systems to Upgrade Doppler Navigation Systems on U.S. Army Black Hawks

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The U.S. Army has selected BAE Systems to provide touch screen computer
display units (CDU) as an upgrade to the company's ASN-128 Doppler GPS
Navigation System on Black Hawk helicopters. The self-contained,
all-weather, day or night navigation system enables Black Hawk pilots to
view real-time flight plan data.

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The self-contained, all weather, day/night navigation system enables the Army's Black Hawk helicopte ...

The self-contained, all weather, day/night navigation system enables the Army's Black Hawk helicopter pilots to view real-time flight plan data. (Photo: BAE Systems)

This task order, which was awarded to BAE Systems under a current $226
million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, will bring
touch-screen navigation system control to UH-60A/L Black Hawks. The Army
plans to use the ASN-128 systems through 2035, and the upgrades will
support safer operation for pilots by minimizing heads-down tasks.

"We've been a supplier for the ASN-128 program since 1978," said Alan
Dewar, director of Communications and Navigation Solutions at BAE
Systems. "The full touch screen with moving map capability will improve
safety for pilots, assisting our customer's mission success."

The CDUs will be produced at BAE Systems' facility in Wayne, New Jersey,
with circuit card production in Austin, Texas. Additional CDU delivery
orders may follow as part of the Army's upgrade plan. The initial order
of 250 CDUs will be delivered in 2019 and 2020.

BAE Systems' AN/ASN-128 operates on more than 15,000 helicopters in 35
nations. The company's Doppler Navigation Systems provide accurate,
independent, jam-resistant navigation in friendly and hostile
environments and in operational situations where interference with GPS
is likely. The system automatically selects Doppler navigation in
GPS-denied environments.

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