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Becker Avionics’ Digital ICS System Chosen by Helibras/Eurocopter for Brazil AS550 Fennec Major Fleet Modernization Program

Miramar, FL March 5, 2013 Becker Avionics is proud to announce that it will supply its DVCS6100 digital audio and intercommunication system for the Brazilian Army Aviation AS550 A2 Fennec and AS350 L1 Squirrel helicopters modernization program. Becker Avionics and Becker do Brasil have been selected as new partners of Helibras, Eurocopter’s Brazilian Subsidiary, and the Brazilian Army for the supply of the DVCS6100 product. The upgrades are taking place at the Helibras’ facility in Itajubá (MG).

Helibras is modernizing 36 AS550 Fennec and AS350 L1 Squirrel helicopters that are operated by the Brazilian Army Aviation Command (Comando da Aviação do Exército). The modernization and upgrade program includes the integration of Becker Avionics’ digital ICS system, the DVCS6100, as well as the installation of a “Glass Cockpit” system with three displays, the integration of an Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS), new communication and navigation equipment, new flight crew seating with energy absorption and height adjustment capability, enhanced ballistic protection for added safety, as well as new weapon systems.

The partnership between Helibras and Becker Avionics also meets the production, maintenance and services nationalization requirements of helicopters in Brazil. Generally speaking, for each piece of equipment included in the modernization program, the Brazilian Army and Helibras have looked for suppliers, like Becker do Brasil, who are able to supply and maintain locally provided equipment, with the same expertise and quality as in its country of origin.

The Brazilian Army Fennec modernization program started in January 2012 and its completion is planned for 2018.

About the DVCS6100 - Digital Voice Communication System

The Becker Avionics Intercom System DVCS6100 provides the customer with ability to match a wide range of operational requirements with only one system. Its scalability and flexibility reduces not only the cost and time efforts for re-engineering and certification for a tailored system solution, but also reduces the learning curve for integration, maintenance and troubleshooting time. Through software programming options, the system is easily and quickly configurable to individual customer requirements,
thus saving time and money.

The DVCS’ open system architecture technology provides for operational comfort and superior voice quality, ensuring that customer’s requirements can be met, while providing crystal clear communication for crew and passengers.

The state-of-the-art Digital DVCS6100 enhances the effectiveness of any aerial platform. When compared to a legacy analog audio system, Digital technology provides simplified installation, improved performance, along with reduced installation and maintenance costs. Furthermore, the comprehensive built-in-test (BIT) feature enables line maintenance crews to easily diagnose/isolate failures and to replace system components quickly.

No matter what the mission; from military to passenger transport, and surveillance or utility operations, the Becker Digital Audio system ensures a more modern and capable aerial platform. At Becker, the focus is on meeting individual requirements with the highest commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.

DVCS6100 Digital Voice Communication System Features

The DVCS6100 has been designed for both rotary and fixed-wing applications. The product fully reflects Becker Avionics’ proven know-how of more than four decades in audio system development for the aerospace industry. Since the market introduction of the 1st DVCS generation, over 1000 systems have been delivered, with all achieving outstanding field reliability.

Becker’s Digital Audio technology is superior to any analog system, as it offers crystal-clear voice communication quality, a proven Man-Machine-Interface (MMI), outstanding reliability, scalability and flexibility, and is software configurable. The main system components of the DVCS6100 system are the Remote Electronic Unit (REU) 6100, the Audio Control Unit (ACU) 6100, and the optional Intercom Amplifier IC3100.

The product offers up to 8 transceivers (TX/RX) and up to 8 receiver (RX) channels, an integrated warning tone generator for up to 8 different signals, an amplifier for 2 cockpit speakers, three fixed inputs as well as interface capability for 2 Cockpit Voice Recorders (CVR), and a Public Address Amplifier (PA). It is also the only commercial digital audio product available that can provide simulcast capability on 8 channels, along with a radio relay function, and emergency and slaved mode operation. Up to 6 audio control units (ACUs) can be operated in parallel together with one REU. Each unit can be configured with the included software to give complete adjustments across different on-board systems. The system also meets the highest standards for night operation under NVG and military conditions.

Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 provides ‘best in class’ performance. Becker - the market leader in commercial Digital intercoms!

About Helibras

Helibras is the only Brazilian manufacturer of helicopters. The company is a subsidiary of Eurocopter Group, the largest global supplier of aerospace industry, controlled by EADS. With more than 50% in the Brazilian fleet of turbine helicopters, Helibras has been operating in Brazil since 1978, having sites in Brasilia (DF), Curitiba (PR), Fortaleza (CE), Itajubá (MG), Rio de Janeiro (RJ) and São Paulo (SP). Its Itajubá factory in Minas Gerais employs more than 730 professionals and has the capability to produce 36 aircraft per year to meet requirements of civil, governmental and military sectors. Since its foundation, Helibras has delivered more than 600 helicopters in Brazil, 70 percent of which are the Ecureuil/Squirrel/Fennec model. For more information see:


About Becker Avionics

Becker Avionics is a privately held company, located in Rheinmuenster at Baden-Airpark in Germany. The high-tech company develops, manufactures and distributes the latest communications, navigation, surveillance and search & rescue equipment for airborne and ground applications.

Becker Avionics has a longstanding history of over 50 years in providing equipment to General and Corporate Aviation, ATC, military organizations around the world. In order to support international market requirements the Company has established branches around the world. Becker Avionics supports an extensive customer base, such as, but not limited to:

Eurocopter, EADS, Airbus, Bell Helicopter, British Aerospace, ATR, CASA, RUAG, Xi’an Aircraft Corporation, AgustaWestland, Pilatus, German MOD (Ministry of Defense), Brazil MOD, Austrian MOD and police, Swiss MOD, French Security Civil, Egyptian MOD, Indonesian MOD, U.S. military services, etc.

For more information see:

www.beckerusa.com or www.becker-avionics.de/produkte/audio/

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