The first phase of Boeing flight tests for the BAE Systems Terrain Awareness Warning System (TAWS) has been completed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, as part of the C-17 TAWS development program. Following the selection of TERPROM TAWS by the USAF, the focus of the flight tests was to assess the performance of the TERPROM Ground Proximity Warning System (GPWS) over the flight regime of the C-17. The flight tests specifically demonstrated the applicability of the TERPROM TAWS predictive GPWS to tactical low-level operation.
These flight tests are the culmination of a development program with the C-17 TAWS Integrated Project Team incorporating USAF, Boeing, BAE Systems, Plymouth, UK, and BAE Systems Controls, Johnson City, New York. The TERPROM TAWS is housed in a Video Integrated Processor manufactured by BAE Systems Controls.
The second phase of flight tests, scheduled to begin early 2002, will complete the C-17 TERPROM TAWS development program prior to installation on production aircraft commencing in mid 2002.
TERPROM TAWS is the latest variant of the world's leading Digital Terrain System, developed at the BAE Systems site at Plymouth UK. TERPROM has already been selected for a wide range of fast jet programs world-wide, including F-16, Mirage 2000, Harrier GR7, Jaguar, Tornado, A-10 and Eurofighter Typhoon.
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Inaugural Flight Tests Of BAE Systems Terprom TAWS On US Air Force C-17