200th Becker Avionics Digital ICS in operation with US Army’s UH-72A Lakota Fleet

200th Becker Avionics Digital ICS in operation with US Army’s UH-72A Lakota Fleet

14-Mar-2012 Source: Becker Avionics

Becker Avionics recently announced they have delivered over 200 state-of-the-art Digital Voice Communication Systems (DVCS6100) to EADS North America/American Eurocopter, as part of the avionics package for the U.S. Army’s UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) fleet.

With the recent delivery of the 200th UH-72A Lakota aircraft to the U.S. Army by EADS North America, a major milestone of the program has been surpassed. The 200th UH-72A Lakota was the first production aircraft to be delivered with the new Security and Support (S&S) Battalion Mission Equipment Package (MEP). The enhanced capability provided by the MEP enables Army National Guard units to seamlessly support state and local law enforcement, as well as federal homeland security agencies in responding to natural disasters, law enforcement and border security operations.

In support of the Lakota program, Becker Avionics setup U.S. production capabilities at its facility in Miramar, FL. The current total program of record calls for 346 UH-72A Lakota’s to be delivered to the Army and Army National Guard through 2016, along with the five already delivered to the U.S. Navy.

Becker Avionics is proud to be supporting their mission with its highly successful DVCS6100 product. The Army selected Becker’s technology based on the following key attributes:

  • Superior system capabilities
  • Product Reliability and Support
  • Unmatched operational flexibility
  • Mission tested performance
  • NVG compatibility out of the box
  • Proven Man-machine interface

EADS North America’s delivery history to the Army is a point of pride in that all new UH-72A Lakota’s have been delivered on time and on budget, as well as having an excellent support reputation for the growing number of aircraft in service across the United States. The Army recently awarded EADS North America a contract to deliver 39 UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) this year. With the new contract award of 39 additional aircraft, the total Lakota program now surpasses 270 aircraft.

Brett Gardner, Director of Sales and Marketing at Becker Avionics stated, “We’re very proud to be a part of the UH-72A Lakota Team, and to supporting the vital mission that this aircraft supports for the U.S. Army National Guard and U.S. Navy.”

Becker’s DVCS demonstrates modern avionics system architecture, outstanding features and performance on a day-to-day basis for the broad range of demanding missions that the Army supports. The Army is using Lakota’s in multiple configurations to fulfill a wide range of missions, including medical evacuation, search and rescue operations, homeland security, VIP transport, disaster response and relief, general aviation support, combat flight training and pilot sustainment training. The Navy uses the aircraft for flight test and training purposes at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD

About the DVCS6100

The DVCS6100 design provides the customer with ability to match a wide range of operational requirements with only one system. The built-in scalability and flexibility reduces not only the cost and time requirements for constant re-engineering and certification for a tailored system solution, but also reduces the learning curve for integration, maintenance and troubleshooting time. Through software programming options, the DVCS product is both easily and quickly configurable to individual customer requirements, thus saving time and money.

The DVCS’ open system architecture technology provides for operational comfort and superior voice quality, ensuring that almost any customer requirement can be met, while providing crystal clear communication for crew and passengers.

Becker Avionics focuses on meeting individual requirements with the highest commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Their state-of-the-art Digital DVCS 6100 will enhance the effectiveness of any aerial platform. When compared to a legacy analog audio system, Digital technology provides simplified installation, improved performance, reduced wiring and weight, along with reduced installation and maintenance costs. Furthermore, the comprehensive built-in-test (BIT) feature enables line maintenance crews or avionics technicians to easily diagnose/isolate failures and replace system components quickly.

No matter what the mission; from military to Police, EMS and passenger transport, to surveillance or utility operations, Becker’s Digital Audio system ensures a more modern and capable aerial platform.

DVCS6100 Digital Audio System Features

The DVCS6100 has been designed for both rotary and fixed-wing applications. The product fully reflects Becker Avionics’ proven know-how of more than four decades in audio system development for the aerospace industry.  Since the market introduction of the 1st DVCS generation, over 900 systems have been delivered, with all achieving outstanding field reliability.  Our continuous product improvement program ensures the DVCS6100 continues to meet our customer expectations and that the product remains technologically competitive.

Becker’s Digital Audio technology is superior to any analog system, as it offers crystal-clear voice communication quality, a proven Man-Machine-Interface (MMI), outstanding reliability, scalability and flexibility, and is software configurable. The main system components of the DVCS6100 system are the Remote Electronic Unit (REU) 6100, the Audio Control Unit (ACU) 6100, and the optional Intercom Amplifier IC3100.

The product offers up to 8 communication transmit (TX) and up to 8 receiver (RX) channels, an integrated warning tone generator for up to 8 different signals, an amplifier for 2 cockpit speakers, as well as interfaces for 2 Cockpit Voice Recorders (CVR), and a Public Address Amplifier (PA).

Up to 6 ACU’s (audio panels) can be operated together with one REU. Each unit can be configured with the included software to give complete adjustment range across different on-board radio systems. The system also meets the highest standards for night operation under NVG and military conditions. The ACU6100 is available with NVIS green (MIL-STD 3009 Green B) and white Backlight, and offers emergency and slaved mode operation. The DVCS6100 represents a unique mission enhancement technology that easily outperforms the competition.

Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 provides ‘best in class’ performance. Becker Avionics – the leader in commercially certified Digital intercoms!

Becker Avionics

Becker Avionics is a privately held high-tech company that develops, manufactures and distributes the latest communications, navigation, surveillance and search & rescue equipment for airborne and ground applications.

Becker Avionics has a longstanding history of over 50 years in providing equipment to General and Corporate Aviation, ATC, law enforcement and military organizations around the world. In order to support international market requirements the Company has established branches around the world. Becker Avionics supports an extensive customer base, such as, but not limited to

Eurocopter, EADS, Airbus, British Aerospace, ATR, CASA, RUAG, Xi’an Aircraft Corporation, AgustaWestland, Pilatus, German Air Force, Navy and Army, German Border Patrol, German Police, Austrian Army and Police, Swiss Air Force, Dutch Police, Security Civil, Irish Air Corps, Egyptian Navy, Indonesian Navy, Portuguese Air Force, US Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and U.S. Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol, etc. For more information see:  www.beckerusa.com or  www.becker-avionics.com

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