Lightweight transponders from EADS for helicopters
The newly developed LTR 400 transponder from EADS Defence & Security (DS) has got its first order. Eurocopter Germany is buying 26 systems for integration in the EC635 helicopters. The systems will be delivered before end of this year.
At 2.8 kilograms, the LTR 400-A is currently the worldwide smallest and lightest transponder which can be used both for military applications to identify friendly units, as well as in civilian air traffic control. EADS claims.
The unit operates to the latest civilian air traffic control standard, Mode S “Enhanced Surveillance”, and, together with the QRTK3-NG encryption and decryption computer from DS, can also be used in all military modes. Due to its low weight, the LTR 400-A is particularly suitable for use on board helicopters.
After its successful qualification, the civil and military certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is planned for this summer, will also allow the LTR 400-A to be used on board civilian passenger aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.