BAE Systems has announced its selection by the US Army, for an upgrade to the company’s ASN-128 Doppler GPS Navigation System installed on Black Hawk helicopters. BAE Systems will now upgrade the ASN-128 with touch screen computer display units (CDU).
The initial order of 250 CDUs will be delivered in 2019 – 2020 and more orders may follow as part of the US Army’s upgrade plans.
“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 ASN-128 Doppler GPS Navigation System is a self-contained, all-weather, day or night navigation system enables Black Hawk pilots to view real-time flight plan data.
These upgraded touch-screen navigation systems on UH-60A/L Black Hawks, will remain operational through 2035, and the upgrades will support safer operation for pilots by minimizing heads-down tasks.
BAE Systems’ facility in Wayne, New Jersey, will produce the CDUs, while circuit card production till take place in Austin, Texas.