The project objective was to increase the helicopter safety during landing and take-off phases, especially when landing in an unknown and potentially dangerous environment and under poor visibility. To achieve this objective, the project developed a system that is able to detect a wide array of obstacles in the vicinity of the helicopter. If the system evaluates a real risk of collision with an obstacle, the system will provide the pilots with an appropriate audio or visual alert to help the crew to avoid the collision.
The project developed a system demonstrator consisting of detection, evaluation and display sub-system (dangerous environment, with potential risks). The correct functionality of the whole system has been demonstrated through laboratory testing, validation experiments with pilots in the simulator and flight tests performed at the Mi-17 helicopter.