Esterline unveils Cockpit 4000 NexGen Core at Farnborough 2012

12 July 2012 (Last Updated July 12th, 2012 03:45)

Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) has unveiled its newly developed Cockpit 4000 NexGen technology demonstrator, designed as a military trainer, at the Farnborough International Air Show, UK.

Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) has unveiled its newly developed Cockpit 4000 NexGen technology demonstrator, designed as a military trainer, at the Farnborough International Air Show, UK.

Greg Yeldon, Esterline CMC Electronics president, said the Cockpit 4000 NexGen incorporates multiple features of the company’s Cockpit 4000 which is currently flying on several major trainers and light attack platforms.

”In addition, student pilots trained with our Cockpit 4000 NexGen will be able to transition efficiently to fifth-generation fighters such as the JSF F-35,” Yeldon added.

Featuring a 20in x 7in large area display (LAD) with touchscreen technology, the new Cockpit 4000 NexGen is intended to improve mission effectiveness and provide cross-platform training flexibility for advanced military trainers, as well as intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) and light attack aircraft.

The modular system is also equipped with a new all-digital raster video capable SparrowHawk Head-Up Display (HUD), which will also be demonstrated by the company for the first time during the show.

Explaining the SparrowHawk, Yeldon said: ”Lower life-cycle costs, greater maintainability and brighter raster display quality are just a few of the many benefits available with our new digital SparrowHawk.”

Equipped with a solid state display having a large 28° field of view, the SparrowHawk is an advanced, cost-effective system designed for operations in both tactical and training environment.

The HUD features internal data logging and continuous in-flight testing capability, and can also be integrated with an optional HUD Camera, video recording system and an Up Front Control Panel, to enable manual entry of numerical data in the mission system by the pilot.

The Cockpit 4000 NexGen can also be configured to represent several front-line fighters, including the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and F-22 Raptor for training missions.