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Rockwell Collins' New Military Project

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -- Military contractor Rockwell Collins says it has been asked by U.S. Army Special Operations to develop a system that will give helicopter pilots a better understanding of the terrain when there's dust, fog or other hazards obscuring their vision in a landing zone.
   Cedar Rapids-based Rockwell Collins says it has been awarded the first phase of a three-phase project developing a new pilot visual system using special sensors and 3D synthetic vision technology the company has developed.
   The new system will be compatible with avionic systems already installed in U.S. military helicopters. It will provide pilots data and visual readouts to help them maintain correct attitude and speeds during landing when visibility is poor.
   The monetary value of the contract was not immediately released.

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