Danish defence and aerospace manufacturer Terma has secured a new contract from the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) for the delivery of the aircraft audio management system (AAMS).
Under the terms of the deal, the company will be responsible for delivering a total of 46 shipsets for the RNLAF’s F-16 fighter jet, of which 45 will be delivered for the single-seat F-16A and one for the dual-seat F-16B aircraft.
The integration of the AAMS will enable the F-16 Fighting Falcon to carry out a wide range of important international missions during its remaining years of service.
The modern Terma solution offers advanced communications, enhanced situational awareness, and survivability, as well as reducing the workload of the pilot by providing audio warnings / cues and radio messages in a complete 360° spherical representation.
This allows the pilot to receive dynamically updated warning tone / cue in the right direction of the threat and spatially separating radio communication for enhanced speech intelligibility.
The AAMS also offers active noise reduction (ANR) and electrical noise reduction (ENR) for reduced pilot stress and fatigue.
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RNLAF air commodore Richard Laurijssen said: “The RNLAF has a strong and long-standing partnership with Terma, encompassing the majority of our aircraft.
“In this framework, we are confident that the Defence Material Organisation and Terma are committed to providing the RNLAF F-16’s with the new AAMS / ANR capability to increase the operational effectiveness and safety of the aircraft and pilot.”
The company’s AAMS solution has been fielded by the US Air National Guard / Air Force Reserve, the Royal Danish Air Force, and the Belgian Defence since 2009.