CarteNav Solutions, the maker of AIMS-ISR, has been selected to provide the mission software for a third of the UK National Police Air Service (NPAS) EC-135 helicopter fleet. Bond Helicopters Europe, part of the Avincis Group, recently won a multi-million pound contract to design, integrate, certify, and install a next-generation mission system into seven NPAS aircraft, and CarteNav Solutions will provide the software for this upgrade.
The upgraded helicopters will be equipped with a number of sensors, including a state-of-the-art camera as well as the mission system technology. The interior of each aircraft will also be redesigned with touch-screen displays and an ergonomic layout, giving the crew more space in which to work.
“Our intuitive software will provide the tools to ensure NPAS helicopters remain at the forefront of technology for years to come.”
CarteNav’s software will integrate an MX-10 camera system with a number of other sensors and tools that will improve the operator’s situational awareness and provide a highly capable and intuitive operating system. “We’re very much looking forward to working closely with Bond and NPAS on this important project” said Paul Evans, Chief Operating Officer of CarteNav. “Our intuitive software will provide the tools to ensure NPAS helicopters remain at the forefront of technology for years to come”.
In addition to providing multi-sensor integration, AIMS-ISR also provides the user interface and a host of management tools for the full sensor suite.
The NPAS Accountable Manager, Chief Superintendent Ian Whitehouse, said: “This is not just about putting a new camera in an aircraft. It is an entire mission system upgrade with the different parts able to work together or in isolation providing a slick and efficient service delivery.”
CarteNav Solutions Inc. is an international leader in situational awareness solutions for the airborne, land, and maritime environments. Founded in 2002, CarteNav offers operationally proven data integration and display technologies that dramatically improve performance of both sensor operators and tactical decision makers. The company has established a reputation for providing sought-after and high-value software solutions to meet demanding timeframes at attractive price points.
The National Police Air Service (NPAS) became operational on 1st October 2012, and is the police aviation service providing centralized, nationally managed, air support to the 43 territorial police forces in England and Wales, replacing the previously individually operated air services. When the national program is complete (expected to be in January 2015) the service will provide 25 helicopters and 3 reserve aircraft operating from 23 bases.