Delivering Maritime Mission Control

October 22, 2009 | Featured Story

As a primary subcontractor to Sikorsky Aircraft for Canada's Maritime Helicopter Project (MHP), General Dynamics Canada is delivering the mission systems and support services that will equip the Canadian Forces with the real-time, advanced systems critical to 21st century missions.

In secure labs in Ottawa, Calgary and Halifax, General Dynamics Canada's 400+ person MHP team is developing the Integrated Mission System (IMS) software and hardware that will provide the Cyclone crew with vital mission capabilities and control. At the core of General Dynamics Canada's development effort is the Mission Data Management System (MDMS), a highly capable central computer system that provides an integrated operator interface into the helicopter's sensor suite, reducing crew workload and providing enhanced mission capability.

Pre-flight installation and testing of the IMS is well under way with General Dynamics Canada team members actively involved in the aircraft flight testing at Sikorsky's Development Flight Center in Florida.

This spring, General Dynamics Canada and Sikorsky Aircraft developed test procedures to verify mission system integrity before preparation for in-flight testing. General Dynamics Canada team members returned to Florida in mid-August for the next technical milestone - the initial flight testing of the IMS. On August 25, the IMS system first flight testing took place with the MDMS carrying out an Electro-Optic (EO) system shakedown, providing initial performance characteristics of the EO. General Dynamics Canada will continue supporting the planned flight test program of the IMS scheduled in the coming months.

North of the border, program activity is also intensifying in preparation for the aircraft arrival. As part of its scope of work, General Dynamics Canada is developing a sustainable suite of training devices and support equipment designed to transition the Cyclone helicopters into service and to support the weapon system throughout its life cycle. At General Dynamics Canada, ground training devices that include the Mission Simulator (a fuselage and complete replica of the on-board mission environment) are in the final stage of hardware installation and configuration in preparation for shipment to Shearwater this fall. Ship modifications on HMCS Montreal based in Halifax also are well under way in preparation for upcoming ship trials.

General Dynamics Canada, headquartered in Ottawa, is a premier provider of defence electronic systems and a leading systems integrator of complete Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) solutions. With more than 2,000 employees, the company has established an international pedigree for excellence in the production of technology-based, integrated solutions for land, airborne and maritime applications.

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