Honeywell Sustains U.S. Marine Corps Mission Capabilities While Improving Safety

October 29, 2014 | PHOENIX

Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) has been selected by the U.S. Navy to provide Honeywell’s IntuVue® 3-D Weather Radar System as part of its upgrade for 14 U.S. Marine Corps KC-130T aircraft.

The IntuVue RDR-4000M incorporates unique functionality, such as skin-paint mode during formation and air refueling operations. Skin-paint mode enables a pilot to detect another aircraft and either home in on it or navigate toward it, without requiring visual contact, or maintain aircraft separation during conditions of reduced visibility.

“Building on a commercial product saves the government critical research and development funds and cycle time by taking advantage of Honeywell’s commercial investment to develop this critical military product,” said Heath Patrick, vice president, Americas Defense Aftermarket, Honeywell Aerospace.

“By using the IntuVue RDR-4000M on its KC-130Ts, the U.S. Marine Corps will be better prepared to handle severe weather, hail, lightning and turbulence to conduct efficient and safe missions, thanks to a system that has been proven through millions of flight hours.”

A unique feature of the RDR-4000M radar is its use of a patented three-dimensional volumetric buffer to store a complete 3-D map of the weather and terrain visible by the radar. This technology enables the system to process and present the pilot with relevant information to simplify operations and decision making.

The RDR-4000M weather radar is also designed to reduce pilot workload and automate important functions. It automatically interprets and displays weather returns as relevant or non-relevant, enabling pilots to make better decisions for safer and more efficient flight paths around severe weather.

About the IntuVue RDR-4000M
Honeywell’s IntuVue RDR-4000M provides three-dimensional, automatic scanning for weather from wingtip to wingtip and from the ground up to 60,000 feet.

Key features include:

  • Weather detection meeting or exceeding the requirements in DO-173 and TSO-C63c
  • Additional hazard detection features, such as predictive hail and lightning capability, enabling pilots to make decisions to avoid hazardous weather
  • Turbulence warning out to 60 nautical miles, which is 20 nautical miles further than any other system in the market


Combined, these features provide pilots with a weather radar that enables efficient and safe flight routing, which saves fuel and enhances crew safety.


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