Garmin (NYSE:GRMN) said L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) selected the company’s G3000 tandem integrated flight deck for use in its Sky Warden attack aircraft under a contract with the US Special Operations Command Armed Overwatch program.
The G3000 provides Special Operations Command with the latest in communications, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management capabilities using out-of-the-box technology based on the familiar open system architecture design of Garmin. L3Harris has integrated its mission management system, military sensors, communications equipment and weapon systems into the G3000 touchscreen for use in the Sky Warden.
“Our strategic relationship with L3Harris integrates the open system architecture of the G3000 flight deck as a critical enabler for Sky Warden’s close air support and armed Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission,” said said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aerospace sales and marketing. . “Garmin has an established history of providing innovative and future-oriented avionics to militaries around the world and we are honored to have our G3000 Integrated Flight Deck supporting U.S. Special Forces.”
The G3000’s integrated flight deck will allow L3Harris to rapidly deploy new technologies, while reducing costs, the companies said.
“Sky Warden features a state-of-the-art cockpit and open mission system interfaces to support
integration of future technologies for the Armed Overwatch program,” said Luke Savoie, President, ISR Sector, L3Harris. “We have partnered with Garmin for years and look forward to continuing our strategic relationship to enhance fighter capabilities.”
The G3000 is night vision goggle compatible and features state-of-the-art synthetic vision technology that combines a “window” view of the environment on large primary flight displays. The Sky Warden is also equipped with Garmin’s GFC 700 digital autopilot which couples to the flight management system to develop complex, pilot-configurable search and rescue patterns. Other cockpit features of the Sky Warden include Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS), Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), and traffic information via ADS-B.
The Armed Overwatch program includes the delivery of up to 75 fixed-wing manned aircraft, Garmin said.