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ESG wins German Federal Police contract
ESG Elektroniksystem-und Logistik-GmbH has won the contract issued by NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) for the German Federal Police, and will now be responsible for the fleet-wide replacement of all mission equipment in the AS332L1 Super Puma, EC155 and EC135 helicopters. The mission systems can be used in each of the three helicopter models to reduce the costs of training, and spare parts provision.
At the heart of the mission systems lies the PTANG (Polizeitaktischer Arbeitsplatz) Operator Workstation, developed by ESG, which allows the Mission Operator to operate all connected systems. The workstation is specifically designed to meet the ergonomic requirements of the operators in different mission scenarios.
The Missions Management System ESGMM supports the operator with a fusion of map data, terrain models, real-time video and databases of geo-referenced objects. ESGMM has wide-ranging interfaces to avionics systems such as the Electro-Optical System (EOS), Automated Identification System (AIS), High Definition (HD) Video Downlink, Intercom, Cockpit MFDs, GPS, radar altimeters and FMS. ESG has integrated the new ARGOS-II HD as the EOS.
ESG will be adapting the mission systems to the requirements of the German police force, as well as performing the integration and EASA certification for EC155 and EC135, entirely in-house. For integration into the Super Puma, ESG has contracted the firm HeliOne from Stavanger in Norway.
The new mission systems will extend the capability options of the German Federal Police to include surveillance, reconnaissance, border control, anti-terrorism and sea rescue.
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