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Rockwell Collins receives additional guidance and navigation systems production order for UK WATCHKEEPER program

Rockwell Collins, through its recent acquisition of Athena Technologies, today announced a follow-on production order for Athena 411 integrated inertial navigation, global positioning, and air data attitude heading reference systems (INS/GPS/ADAHRS). UAV Tactical Systems Ltd. (U-TacS), the joint venture between Thales UK and Elbit Systems based at Leicester, U.K., awarded the contract to Rockwell Collins. 

The Athena 411 systems will provide guidance and navigation, including dual redundant INS and quad redundant air data, to the WATCHKEEPER UAV, the largest UAV program outside the United States.  

The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence (MOD) awarded the WATCHKEEPER contract worth $1.2 billion (£800 million) to a team led by Thales UK in 2005. The MOD will use WATCHKEEPER to provide essential surveillance and reconnaissance to protect British troops during times of war. System flight tests of WATCHKEEPER began this month.

"We are very pleased to continue to provide our Athena guidance and navigation systems to this extremely important, high profile international UAV program," said Dr. David Vos, senior director of control technologies for Rockwell Collins. "The Athena 411 meets Watchkeeper's Defence-Standard requirements and provides the highest performance at the best value. Weighing only 2.2 pounds  or 1 Kg, it is the lightest, smallest and most affordable COTS GuideStar with tactical grade performance."

Purchased by Rockwell Collins in April 2008, Athena Technologies has built a reputation as a premier developer and producer of navigation and control systems. Founded in 1998, the company produces the GuideStar family of versatile, compact and cost-effective flight control systems for applications such as commercial aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Press release issued by Rockwell Collins Inc. on June 10, 2008


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Rockwell Collins Inc. Head-Up Displays, Radio Communications Equipment, Moving Maps, Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS), LCD Displays, Engine Indicator Instruments, Cabin Management Systems, Automatic Flight Control Systems, Inflight Entertainment, Automatic Direction Finders, Cabin Address Systems, Autopilots, Radar/Radio Altimeters, Distance Measuring Equipment, VOR (Omnirange) Receivers, Avionics Management Systems, Air-to-Ground Data Links, Multi-Mode Receivers (MMR), Engine Control Quadrants, Control Panels, Aircraft & Helicopter Controllers, Collision Avoidance Systems/TCAS, Helmet-Mounted Displays (HMD), Weather Mapping Radar, Inertial Components & Systems, Attitude and Heading Reference Systems, Navigation Antennas, Transceivers, Flight Recorders, Cockpit Printers, Flight Directors, Flight Management Systems, Electronic Flight Instrument Systems, Air Data Computers, Onboard Computers, UAV Control Software, GPS, Simulation Systems, Surveillance/Air Defense Radar, Engine Controls, Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems, Horizontal Situation Indicator, Instrument Landing Systems, Command, Control & Intelligence Systems, Airborne Communication Systems
Rockwell Collins Automatic Flight Control Systems, Engine Controls
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 Related aircraft programs:
Elbit Hermes 450/Watchkeeper


 Related directory sectors:
Navigation Aids (Airborne)
Flight and Data Management

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