Garmin Integrated Flight Deck Selected for USSOCOM Armed Overwatch Program

Garmin International’s G3000 integrated flight deck will be integrated with L3Harris Technologies’ Sky Warden aircraft By DA Reporter / 03 Nov 2022
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L3Harris Technologies has selected Garmin International’s G3000 tandem integrated flight deck for its Sky Warden aircraft, which was selected by the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for its Armed Overwatch program. 

L3Harris’ Sky Warden includes the first forward-fit deployable combat aircraft featuring Garmin’s G3000 tandem integrated flight deck.

“Sky Warden features a cutting-edge flight deck and open mission system interfaces to support integration of future technologies for the Armed Overwatch program,” said Luke Savoie, president, ISR sector, L3Harris. “We’ve collaborated with Garmin for years and look forward to continuing our strategic relationship to enhance warfighter capabilities.”

With the G3000, Garmin aims to provide USSOCOM with the latest communication, navigation, surveillance/air traffic management capabilities with commercial-off-the-shelf solutions based on its modern open system architecture design. 

L3Harris has integrated its mission management system along with a wide range of military sensors, communications equipment, and weapons systems into the G3000 touch screen human machine interface. 

According to Garmin, the proven G3000 integrated flight deck will enable L3Harris to rapidly deploy new technologies quickly, provide lower life-cycle costs, and ensure access to the latest in avionic technologies.

The night vision goggle-compatible G3000 contains modern, state-of-the-art Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT™) that blends an ‘out-the-window’ view of surroundings on the large area primary flight displays, which is particularly helpful during nighttime operations and during close air support missions. 

Sky Warden is also equipped with Garmin’s GFC 700 digital autopilot which couples to the flight management system’s ability to generate complex, pilot configurable search and rescue patterns. 

“Our strategic relationship with L3Harris integrates the open system architecture G3000 flight deck as a critical enabler for Sky Warden’s close air support and armed intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance mission,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “Garmin has an established history of supplying innovative, forward-looking avionics to militaries across the globe and we are honored to have our G3000 integrated flight deck support the US Special Forces.”

Additional features within the G3000 integrated flight deck on the Sky Warden include terrain awareness and warning system, traffic collision avoidance system, and automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B IN) traffic. The Armed Overwatch program includes delivery of up to 75 manned, fixed wing aircraft.

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