Samtel HAl display wins Rs 250 crore order for MFDs

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Mumbai, Jul 9 (UNI) The HAL-Samtel Joint Venture, Samtel HAL Display Systems today announced its bagging of a development order worth Rs 250 crore to manufacture indigenously developed nextgeneration Multi-Functional Displays (MFDs) for Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

The order was to be executed over the next few years, the MFD which was indigenously developed in association with a Bangalore-based DRDO unit, Defence Avionics Research Establishment, was recently validated for its flight worthiness by the Regional Centre for Military Airworthiness, Samdel HAL Display systems stated in a release here.

The Samtel HAL JV, formed in 2006 as the first public-private partnership in this sector for developing and manufacturing avionics display systems, would provide the MFDs for various combat aircraft of the Indian Airforce including the Sukhoi-30 MKI in the first phase.

The LCD-based MFDs have already undergone extensive testing by DARE (Defence Avionics Research Establishment) for their flight worthiness to be fitted on the fleet of SU-30 MKI to be produced over the next decade.

The Multi-Functional Display (MFD) is a device that puts all aircraft-systems monitoring and flight planning functions at the pilot's fingertips. The MFD displays a composite view of the aircraft's environment, providing the pilot with all necessary information to make safe decisions during every phase of flight.

Engine performance and situational data such as location, terrain, traffic, weather and airport information are all digitally depicted and can be quickly interpreted at a glance on the large-format display of the MFD.

The next phase of this order would see Samtel Displays Systems fit MFDs for HAL's Light Combat Aircraft and Intermediate Jet Trainer programmes. Samtel Display Systems has a joint venture with HAL to support production, design and integration of next-generation avionics display equipment and systems.

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