KC-390 inertial system achieves ETSO approval
The High Performance Inertial Reference System (HPIRS) developed by Thales for the Embraer KC-390 military transport aircraft has been granted ETSO approval by the European Aviation Safety Agency.
ETSO (European Technical Standard Order) approval of the HPIRS system is a key differentiator for Thales, allowing aircraft manufacturers to focus their efforts on installation, rather than on the process of certification.
The core component of HPIRS is the TopAxyz inertial measurement unit from Thales. Manufactured in France, the ITAR-free TopAxyz system can be integrated into a wide range of equipment not only for civil and military aircraft, but also for land vehicles and naval vessels. Specific functionality is simply bolted on to the core inertial reference unit to meet user requirements. For aircraft, the system supports precise approaches in compliance with RNP 0.1 criteria, i.e. with a precision of 0.1 Nm, meeting the cost-efficiency and environmental requirements of end-users. Compliant with latest avionics standards and now certified by the EASA, the TopAxyz inertial system is a key feature of the Thales range of navigation solutions and further strengthens the company’s leadership in this sector.
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