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Harris Corporation Awarded Cockpit Digital Map Contract for Italian EH-101 Helicopter


Harris Corporation, March 29, 2001 - MELBOURNE, Florida, USA - Harris Corporation, a world leader in cockpit digital moving maps for military aircraft, announced today that it has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by Agusta, Cascina Costa, Italy, to provide the Digital Map System (DMS) for the Italian Navy's fleet of EH-101 anti-submarine helicopters. The DMS provides the EH-101 with real-time, advanced terrain visualization data via cockpit displays, assisting the aircraft's flight crew with critical navigation and situational awareness capabilities specifically tailored for the helicopter's unique mission.

"Harris welcomes the opportunity to continue its long-standing commitment to provide the most advanced avionics solutions in the world to Agusta and the Italian Ministry of Defense," said Bob Henry, president, Harris Government Communications Systems Division (GCSD). "Our EH-101 DMS provides the Italian Navy with a state-of-the-art moving map capability with twice the performance at half the cost of previously fielded systems."

The EH-101 DMS includes the Harris Modular Digital Map Computer (DMC), the Smiths Industries Advanced Memory Unit (AMU), and a High-Speed Interface (HSI) cable between the DMC and AMU. The DMS eliminates the need for cumbersome navigational paper maps in the cockpit by electronically displaying, in real-time, a wide variety of map scales and formats on easy-to-use cockpit displays within the pilot's reach. The DMS provides moving ground displays for flight path routing, threat masking, line-of-sight calculations, target locations, and terrain height.

The EH-101 is a joint-development between Agusta and GKN-Westland Helicopters. The program is managed through EH Industries, a company owned on a 50/50 basis by the two companies.

Harris GCSD conducts advanced research studies, develops prototypes, and produces state-of-the-art airborne, spaceborne, and terrestrial communications and information processing systems for military and government agencies, their prime contractors, and the company's commercial businesses, as well as to select commercial organizations worldwide.

Harris Corporation is an international communications equipment company focused on providing product, system and service solutions that take its customers to the next level. The company provides a wide range of products and services for wireless, broadcast, network support, and government markets. Harris has sales and service facilities in over 90 countries.


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