The Honeywell Skyforce Observer creates a paperless cockpit for the airborne commander and observers in the military, police, emergency or utility environment. It is used primarily by airborne law enforcement, search and rescue, surveillance and border patrol.
The heart of the Observer system is a sophisticated mapping, navigation and sensor integration 3/8 air transport rack (ATR) mounted processor capable of interfacing with and being controlled by up to seven workstations. The processor has Aeronautical Radio INC. (ARINC) 429, RS232 and RS422 communication ports which can connected to a flight management system/global positioning system, attitude and heading reference system, radio altimeter, automatic identification system transponders, direct finding systems, search radar (target designation) and electro-optical infrared cameras. In addition, a control panel allows for distributed command and control to each of the workstations and high-speed Ethernet port for data uploads and a Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA) Card Reader for flight downloads. The next generation control panel will also support universal serial bus (USB) data transfer.
The system integrates with the Aerotech Ground Station to analyze post missions and connects through a satellite communications link to work interactively with the ground station on re-tasking and data updates on missions. The Observer’s mapping can range from the simple introduction of scanned aeronautical topographical charts (e.g. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) 1:250,000 or U.S. Sectionals) to house and street level with satellite imagery if required.
The Observer gives the user optimum control of data gathering and command and control activity by using digital terrain elevation data (DTED) coupled with camera target plotting and a powerful database search engine.
Key features include:
Flight logging and communications links
Post flight analysis and re-tasking
Ensure cost effectiveness
Night visual goggle compatible equipment
Tactically efficient use of limited airborne resources