The Collision Warning System (CWS) from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is under active evaluation, company officials have confirmed to Jane's .
Developed by the MALAM division in IAI for fourth- or fifth-generation fighter aircraft, the CWS system employs IAI's EHUD air combat manoeuvring instrumentation (ACMI), as well as ADS-B and IFF interrogation, to monitor the risk of collision with non-military aircraft in congested airspace.
Uri Shenfeld, MALAM business development manager for training and simulation, told Jane's that CWS is being evaluated by one unnamed Western air force, with another due to undertake tests in late May 2017. "A few additional customers are expressing interest, both in the internal and external configurations," he added. "Initial Operational Capability (IOC) can be achieved within 12 months of a contract award."
The pilot sees a "complete air situational picture", according to IAI, with audible and visual warnings generated as necessary.
IAI claims that CWS requires minimal aircraft integration work, as it can be carried as a standalone pod or embedded with internal systems.
As currently designed, CWS is a military-only system with no interface to commercial aircraft, as it does not feature a data link connection to civilian ATC. However, this can be included if a customer demands it.
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