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FN Herstal launched their FN Airborne Digital Suite, integrated into a helicopter mockup, at the Paris Air Show. The suite in the helicopter comprises three complementary and interconnected components:

  1. FN D-HUD (Digital Head-Up Display): a modern targeting solution to improve precision in firing. It enhances accuracy and situational awareness and reduces the pilot workload. This Digital Head-Up Display is easy to integrate, ergonomic and equipped with high-end optics technology and a ballistic computation solution. The FN D-HUD offers capability to equip new – or retrofit in-service – helicopters with the latest advances in targeting technologies.
  2. FN D-PC (Digital Pod Controller): this new, fully digital FN Herstal Armament Management System (AMS) is designed to control digital pods and/or rocket launchers. The FN D-PC is integrated into the platform and is connected to the pods via MIL-STD-1760 compliant protocol.
  3. FN D-Pod: a self-contained fixed-forward pod system, featuring the .50 cal FN M3P machine gun, now with digital communication. The .50 cal FN D-RMP Pod (ammo capacity: 250 rounds and 3 x 2.75″ rocket launcher tubes) will be showcased at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget. The FN D-Pod can be operated by either FN D-PC or on-board non-FN Armament Management System. It allows fast reconfiguration of helicopters or subsonic aircraft between missions.

Dorothee Frank

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