HAL scouts cockpit display systems for light choppers
HAL has announced interest in sourcing AMLCD-based display systems to replace the conventional cockpits of Cheetah, Chetak and Cheetal light helicopters in service with the armed forces. HAL has said it would prefer off-the-shelf systems for rapid evaluation and installation. It is looking for 50 sets for the Cheetal fleet and 200 sets for the Cheetah and Chetak fleets combined. The scope of work defined by the EoI invitation includes delivery of certified off-the-shelf engine display and other display systems, conducting of required modifications to hardware and software, support during integration, ground and flight testing of helicopters up to full certification. The Engine Display System is to be installed on the helicopter cockpit to provide man machine interface and to display engine and other parameters. HAL stipulates that it needs to be full colour NVG compatible AMLCD type with LED backlighting. Two SMFDs will be required to be installed in each helicopter cockpit to provide man machine interface and to display primary flight, navigational and helicopter data.