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Plessey Avionics and Communications

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Plessey flight data acquisition and recorder unit

N.B. this is part of Plessey Co

of Ilford, Essex.

1969 Radio Systems Division at Braxted Park, West Leigh (Havant) and Ilford[1] worked on MALLARD, an abortive multi-national project to develop a battlefield communications systems[2] Plessey : in 1969 was part of Radio Systems Division[3]

1972 Awarded contract by Ministry of Defence for shipborne multi-channel communication systems[4]

1973 Plessey Avionics and Communications was at Upminster, Essex[5]

1974 Managing director F. K. Chorley; sales manager avionics M. I. Dodd.

Airborne UHF/VHF transmitter/receivers: PTR175, PTR377, PTR1721 and PTR170 (UHF only); airborne integrated data acquisition and recording systems including advanced large-capacity PV740 system for the Boeing 747, PV1573 system for ARINC 573 for Concorde and wide-bodied aircraft and comprehensive flight-test systems; aircraft weapon control and stores management systems; missile guidance systems; radar altimeters; target aircraft telecommand systems. [6]

1986 Plessey Avionics, of Havant, announced the Plessey Automatic Launch Test Facility would be installed at all RAF stations to check every aircraft's friend/foe identification system was working at take-off[7]

1989 Plessey Avionics announced a computer-based inflight entertainment and telephone system which it was offering to major airlines with no capital expenses by the airlines and profits shared; the idea has originated with a company called Candlestar and had evolved from military hardware[8]

Later see GEC-Plessey Avionics

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Oct 10, 1969
  2. The Times Sep 13, 1973
  3. The Times, Oct 10, 1969
  4. The Times Jan. 21, 1972
  5. Commerce Today: Coming Developments in Business and Technology 1973-02-19
  6. FLIGHT International, 29 August 1974
  7. The Times Apr. 8, 1986
  8. The Times Sept. 1, 1989