Boeing, Rockwell Collins, Sierra Nevada Join Dust-Proof Helicopter Vision Program

LogisticsThe U.S. Special Operations Command has awarded contracts to three companies for technology that would work to help helicopter pilots navigate through dust, Avionics Intelligence reported Sunday.

Boeing, Rockwell Collins and Sierra Nevada won contracts worth $68 million combined to build a system that consolidates data from sensors on board MH-47 and MH-60 choppers, according to the report.

Officials estimate that helicopter “brownout” incidents cost the U.S. military more than $100 million per year, the report says.

The five-year technology demonstration contracts are part of SOCOM’s Degraded Visual Environment Pilotage System program and all three contractors are scheduled to complete work by the end of 2017.

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