Selex Elsag to equip Italian Navy NH90s with Laser Obstacle Avoidance & Monitoring

Selex Elsag to equip Italian Navy NH90s with Laser Obstacle Avoidance & Monitoring 19 Jul, 12, Source: Selex Elsag

At Farnborough 2012 SELEX Elsag announced a 11 million euro contract to supply LOAM (Laser Obstacle Avoidance & Monitoring) systems to equip naval and tactical NH-90 helicopters operated by the Italian Ministry of Defense. Delivery of the equipment is expected to begin in 2013.
The NH90 is produced by NHI, a consortium between the Franco-German company  Eurocopter, the Anglo-Italian Agusta Westland  and the Dutch  Stork Fokker Aerospace.

SELEX Elsag’s LOAM is an auxiliary system for navigation, designed for rotary wing platforms. Its operating system is based on an  eye-safe laser radar. This can detect any kind of dangerous obstacle along the flight path, such as power lines, ropeway wires and pillars, allowing the crew to adopt appropriate, timely and effective countermeasures. This significantly increases the pilot’s situational awareness and guarantees a higher level of safety in low altitude flight during operational missions.

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