GE Aviation, working with Rockwell Collins, was awarded a multi-million-dollar contract to upgrade the Integrated Data Acquisition Recorder (IDAR) for the United States Air Force (USAF).
GE Aviation will be implementing an obsolescence refresh to the IDAR that will bring modern components with new growth capabilities, including cyber security and potential data encryption features which will extend the life of the USAF KC-135 fleet.
"The IDAR will use an advanced, scalable real-time processor module common across our avionics products that simplifies development and reduces cost for our customers," said Alan Caslavka, president of Avionics for GE Aviation. "This development work, scheduled for the next several years, advances our data recorder product line to meet current and future requirements."
The Integrated Data Acquisition Recorder can simultaneously acquire, process, and store critical aircraft data such as structural, engine, and tracking information, while providing crash survivable flight data recording functionality. The IDAR has been instrumental in supporting the USAF Aircraft Structural Integrity Programs (ASIP) and Military Flight Operations Quality Assurance (MFOQA) programs.