BAE Systems has announced the successful development of a low-cost system that uses existing satellite navigation and commercial aircraft data to improve airspace safety.
The new system has been named Web Enabled Data Links (WEnDL) and it allows military aircraft to now use vital information about nearby civil aircraft to aid pilot decision-making.
This system is now fully operational and is being used by earlier tranches of Typhoon aircraft being test-flown at BAE Systems’ site at Warton, Lancashire and is proving to offer exceptional enhanced situational awareness to the pilots.
Steve Formoso, Chief Test Pilot at BAE Systems, said: “WEnDL is a key enabler to the safety and efficiency of test flying operations at our Warton site. The information that WEnDL brings in to the cockpit allows our test crews to operate
with greater flexibility as well as increasing their all-round situational awareness of other air traffic around the aircraft during sorties.”
Over the past two years, BAE Systems has been assessing the Automatic Dependent Surveillance—Broadcast (ADS–B) system as a means of passing civilian aircraft flight data via a tactical data link gateway enabling military aircraft to monitor general
As a result of extensive research work that has been completed, a WEnDL system can access the data transmitted from ADS-B, channel the relevant information in a simple format and make it available to military aircraft.