Honeywell To Provide Next-Generation Weather Radar And Other Avionics Selected For Lion Air
RDR-4000 Weather Radar Offers Advanced Turbulence Detection and
3-Dimensional Scanning of Weather Conditions
Contract to Cover Lion Air Boeing 737NG Fleet through 2014
PHOENIX, - Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today it has been selected by Lion Air to provide next-generation weather radar and other avionics for up to 60 new Boeing B737NG aircraft.
Lion Air selected Honeywell’s RDR-4000 next-generation windshear/weather radar system as part of an avionics and electrical package that also includes the CAS 100 Aircraft Collision Avoidance System with Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ACAS II/Mode S with ADS-B), QuantumTM Line Comm/Nav radios (CNS), High Frequency Radio CNS, Solid-State Recorders, FDAMS (Fight Data Acquisition and Management System), and Rescu 406® ELT (Emergency Locator Transmitter).
The contract was signed late last year and covers the time period from 2007 to 2014. The first seven B737NG aircraft will be delivered to Lion Air in 2007.
“After safety, operational efficiency and reduced lifecycle cost are among the most pressing concerns for airlines,” said Mike Madsen, Vice President, Honeywell Airline Business Segment. “With the RDR-4000 and ACAS II products, Honeywell provides airlines enhanced safety and advanced technology solutions in addition to increased efficiency and reduced operational costs.”
The RDR-4000 is the first and only commercial weather radar certified to the new FAA Enhanced Turbulence Detection Minimum Operational Performance Standard (MOPS). The CAS 100 system achieves more efficient aircraft operations through advanced airborne applications based on current and emerging ADS-B technology.
Together, this avionics package reduces airline operational costs while offering the most advanced technology.
The RDR-4000’s patented 3-D scanning technology is a fully automatic radar system that introduces new capabilities, including Terrain-Based Digital Ground Clutter extraction for removing ground returns without the losses and delays associated with ground suppression filters, and automatic compensation for the earth’s curvature to present a truer weather picture out to 320 nautical miles. It can also include a unique vertical profile view of weather ahead of the aircraft that can be presented simultaneously with the normal radar view. The advanced digital signal processing techniques and use of pulse compression technology increase performance of the system and reduce pilot workload. To remove ground clutter, the RDR-4000 has an internal terrain database, adapted and scaled from Honeywell’s Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS).
The RDR-4000 was recently Type Certified for Singapore Airlines’ 777-200ER aircraft. Cathay Pacific and Air Canada have chosen the RDR-4000 weather radar for their B777 fleets. The RDR-4000 is also used on the Airbus A380 as part of their Aircraft Environment Surveillance System (AESS).
The CAS 100 ACAS II/Mode S Traffic Surveillance System offers ADS-B extended capabilities including Flight ID, velocity and GPS position with 120nm extended surveillance range and 100nm active interrogation range able to track up to 60 aircraft. The processor of the system has a partitioned operating system that allows emerging and future traffic surveillance applications to be hosted as ADS-B is more widely used. Current applications in development include merging and sequencing, oceanic in trail climb/descent procedures and surface movement safety.
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