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Radar and Map Display Processor

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C1634
Category: Mission Systems
Object Type: Display Unit
Object Name: Radar and Map Display Processor
Part No: 3887/62450/00/009
Serial No: 0005
Manufacturer: GEC-Ferranti
Division: Unknown
Platform(s): Tornado
Year of Manufacture: 2004
Dimensions: Width (mm): 220
Height (mm): 360
Depth (mm): 510
Weight (g): 16,040
Location: Rack RAA08 [Main Store]

S/N 0005
Mfg 11-2004
26.9 kg.
Software Standard 10
2 Person Lift


This is a Radar and Map Display Processor unit, a part of TARDIS, from a Tornado GR4.

The discrepancy between the actual weight of this object and that declared on its labels is due to several of its parts and modules being missing.

In February 2004 BAE Systems Avionics Systems was awarded a $70 million contract to provide 128 radar map display systems for the U.K. Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 ground attack aircraft. The system, known as the Tornado Advanced Radar/Map Display Information System (TARDIS), was developed in the United Kingdom and is replacing obsolete radar projected map display systems. TARDIS is a state-of-the-art system using active-matrix liquid crystal displays, the latest radar processing techniques, map generation software, and graphics using Wind River platform technologies and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware. TARDIS provides digital color display screens for the Tornado pilot and navigator, which can be used cooperatively or independently, and performs data fusion of radar data and digital moving map display data to provide advanced, enhanced situational awareness for low-level terrain navigation and avoidance capabilities.

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