Berkshire, U.K., 17 Sept. 2007. Skyquest Aviation has been awarded a design and supply contract for airborne camera and closed circuit television systems on the Royal Air Force's tanker variant TriStar aircraft. The contract was awarded by Marshall Aerospace of Cambridge, appointed by Lockheed Martin as the design authority for the U.K. RAF TriStar fleet.
Skyquest will deliver existing video distribution and touch-screen display technology, and adapt their own camera technology for improved levels of live video during airborne refuelling sorties. Live video can be sent to the flight deck displays, giving aircrew accurate situational awareness during airborne refuelling. Using Skyquest's new QuadView image processing technology, aircrew will be able to select and manipulate video from several cameras to display either multiple on-screen images or select an individual camera for a full screen display.
The work, which forms part of an existing contract between the DE&S Air Refuelling & Communications Fleets Integrated Project Team and Marshall Aerospace, will begin with a trial installation of the equipment at Marshall's Airport in Cambridge in October 2007.