Successful First Flight for the Mission Equipment Carrier (MAT)

ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH

Following a development period of over two years, the mission equipment carrier (MAT), which ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH developed at the request of the Federal Office for Defence Technology and Procurement (Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung/BWB), successfully completed its first test flight.

Helicopter and runway

Successful First Flight for Mission Equipment Carrier

The helicopter is used to try out so-called "mission avionics". The Federal Army and industry can use the MAT to test how equipment components behave when used in devices during flight.

The MAT is based on a fully re-designed UH-1D. With the helicopter, individual components or entire systems, such as aircraft guidance systems, sensor systems, mapping modules, integrated helmet systems or the man-machine interface, can now be tested under operational conditions. Sensors weighing up to 140 kilograms can be attached to two equipment racks on the nose.


The key advantage is that because the test equipment has been clearly separated from the actual basic helicopter, the individual test parts do not need to be approved for use in flight. The MAT flying test laboratory can therefore already be used to conduct tests while the systems are being developed.

As early as 1999, the BWB approached ESG to conduct the first studies for the follow-up system to the "equipment test carrier" (AVT), which was used between 1991 and 1998. As a specialist in complex electronics systems, ESG was then able to design the entire avionics.

ESG has also provided the measuring equipment for the verification and coordination of the use of the MAT. The holder of the MAT is the armaments technology service department (Wehrtechnische Dienststelle) no. 61 in Manching.

ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH is an independant consultant for technology and processes and a centre of competence for system and software engineering and logistics. As a specialised system company, ESG is an expert on mission avionics, simulation, training and special deployment systems.

Helicopter MAT

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