Avionics Update: Thales evaluating EVS infrared sensors
Thales Avionics has completed the first round of assessments of infrared sensors from “potential partners” that the company said could be incorporated with the enhanced vision system (EVS) in development for the French firm’s Head-up Flight Display System (HFDS). Thales plans to make a final supplier selection in “the very near future,” pending additional rounds of tests and a commitment from a launch customer. The HFDS is an option aboard the Global Express, and Bombardier is understood to be considering the Thales EVS as one possible solution. A spokesman for Thales said the EVS should be fully operational in 2004. There was no word on price or when commercial production would begin. The only certified non-military EVS, developed by Kollsman of Merrimack, N.H., is approved for installation in the Gulfstream V. Two more companies, Canada’s CMC Electronics and Max-Viz of Portland, Ore., are also developing EVS for the civil market.