Esterline CMC Electronics TacView System Selected by L-3 Communications for U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin

(Heli-Expo, Dallas, Texas – February 2012) Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) has been selected by L-3 Communications, Inc. to supply the CMC TacView® Portable Mission Display to provide a Situational Awareness Data Link (SADL) solution for U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopters.

The avionics grade TacView system will interface with the aircraft tactical radios and GPS receiver to support L-3 Communications’ Joint Range Extension (JRE) data link gateway and digital map application to display real-time situational awareness and digital command and control to the aircrew. The TacView portable mission display will be leg mounted for crew convenience.

Mike Lawson, vice president, Advanced Technologies Department, L-3 Communications, stated: “The JRE-Enabled TacView - or JET as we like to call it - is a powerful system that provides U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crews with an unprecedented capability to reduce their workload, enhance their mission effectiveness and increase aircrew safety.”

The TacView portable mission display is a compact, self-contained computer and display system designed specifically to enhance real-time, situational awareness for the aircrew. It is a cost-effective, rapidly deployable COTS system with the processing power and flexibility to enable numerous mission enhancing and paperless cockpit applications. It provides the means to deploy quickly new capability and functionality at a fraction of the time and cost of an integrated approach.

The TacView system is flying on the U.S. Air National Guard C-130H aircraft, as part of the Real-Time Information in the Cockpit (RTIC) Program. TacView has been selected for installation on a number of platforms, including the C-130H and C-130T, the international C-130J and the USAF C-17.

Esterline CMC Electronics (www.cmcelectronics.ca) has achieved an international reputation for innovation and excellence in the design and manufacture of electronics products for the military and commercial aviation markets. CMC’s focus is on delivering innovative cockpit systems integration and avionics solutions to its customers worldwide. Its principal locations are in Montreal, Quebec; Ottawa, Ontario; and Chicago, Illinois. CMC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Esterline Corporation (NYSE:ESL, www.esterline.com), a specialized aerospace and defense company headquartered in Bellevue, WA, that employs over 10,000 people worldwide.

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