L3 chosen by Airbus to provide fixed and deployable flight recorders

L3 has been selected by Airbus to provide and integrate new voice and data flight recorders for the entire range of Airbus commercial aircraft, the company said.

L3 will design and manufacture a fixed, crash-protected Cockpit Voice and Data Recorder (CVDR) capable of recording up to 25 hours of voice and flight data on a single recorder.

L3 will also be the integrator, in partnership with Airbus, of a new Automatic Deployable Flight Recorder (ADFR) that will be designed and manufactured by DRS Technologies Canada Ltd. (a Leonardo DRS company).

L3´s new fixed CVDR will be lighter and more compact, and will provide innovative capabilities, including versatile interfaces, compared to the current generation of recorders. The unit will be the basis of a new generation of combined flight recorders designed and manufactured by L3 that addresses the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirement to extend the duration of voice recording to 25 hours.

The new recording systems will be available in 2019, initially on the A350, with subsequent deployment on all other Airbus aircraft types.

Headquartered in New York City, L3 Technologies employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a provider of a broad range of communication, electronic and sensor systems used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms.