Helicopter aircrew from across UK Ministry of Defence Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) will benefit from improved airborne situational awareness and mission planning, rehearsal and debriefing capabilities as part of five-year contract which will see significant additional capabilities delivered by Inzpire’s Graphical Electronic Cockpit Organiser (GECO) Mission Support System.
Inzpire was awarded the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Helicopter Cockpit Situational Awareness Tool (CSAT) contract in 2018 and will now deliver the Common Aviation Situational Awareness (CASA) programme after successfully winning this latest contract.
Through the CASA programme, JHC platforms including Apache, Chinook, Merlin and Wildcat will benefit from using the GECO mission planning and debrief system on the ground, and a situational awareness system and military electronic flight bag in the air.
CASA will see the delivery of additional capabilities from the comprehensive suite of GECO features and will be used across JHC, contributing to improved flight safety and operational effectiveness through the efficient live sharing of information and data both on the ground and in the air.
In particular, flight crews will be able to receive live weather and aviation warning information updates during mission execution, significantly improving their ability to execute missions more safely and with a greater degree of accuracy.
Under CASA, GECO will further provide the ability for personnel to receive airborne traffic information through the ADS-B system. ADS-B provides aircrew with a clear picture of other aircraft flying in their vicinity, enhancing the safety of flight operations.
This new contract means that GECO will be supporting missions throughout the UK’s military aviation training programmes and front-line helicopter platforms.
As an element of the CASA contract, Inzpire has committed to a number of social value targets in the areas of fighting climate change, equal opportunity and supply chain resilience. Furthermore, the CASA contract will help to sustain over 40 highly skilled jobs in the aerospace sector in the Lincoln area.
Through the CASA programme, JHC platforms including Apache, Chinook, Merlin and Wildcat will benefit from using a situational awareness system and military electronic flight bag in the air.
Director of Mission Support Systems and Services Operational Business Unit Jonny Smith said: “We are delighted to have been selected by the UK MoD for the CASA programme and we look forward to continuing to build on our established relationship with DE&S and the user community within the Joint Helicopter Command. CASA will bring significant additional capability to users which will contribute to safety and mission effectiveness, whilst offering outstanding value for money.”
Designed by aviators, for aviators, Inzpire’s GECO products have been used by aircrew and fleets across UK military aviation for more than a decade. With many of Inzpire’s personnel having used GECO operationally while in the military, the company has a unique insight into the benefits the system provides to aircrew.
GECO has been in service with the UK armed forces since 2009 and is currently in use on over twenty different fixed wing aircraft and helicopter types, which are used across a wide range of training and operational roles. Its mission and performance planning capabilities enable crews to undertake critical calculations quickly, accurately and safely, and with automated features, check the safety and accuracy of the plan and alert the user to potential issues.
Inzpire’s Mission Systems team produces some of the most innovative and highly regarded mission systems available for the air environment.
Comprised of highly experienced ex-military aircrew, engineers, project managers and support staff, the team designs and delivers products which are in frontline operational use with UK and international armed forces.
Both the airborne and ground-based products deliver mission planning, situational awareness, safety features and many mission enhancing capabilities across helicopter, fast-jet and multi-engine platforms
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