Written by Jonathan Katzenellenbogen, Thursday, 14 September 2017
PJ Aviation has a stand on the South African pavilion at the show, which is one of world’s largest defence exhibitions.
Peter How, the founder of and chief engineer at PJ Aviation, says the main attribute of its new intercom system is that it is compatible with virtually every radio and headset on the market. He says the idea for the intercom system emerged from its manufacturing of headsets over the years and looking into African needs.
Compared to similar systems on the market, How says it is simple to operate and install and will be delivered at a price that is suited to the tight budgets of African armed forces. The purpose of the intercom is to provide flexible and clear communications in noisy environments, such as those in military and security vehicles. It also has a potential use in fire engines, mining equipment, as well as small marine craft.
How says what makes the system also stand out when compared to other intercom systems is that each crew member can select their own specific radio for transmission from their work positions inside a vehicle.
The dust tight VIS340 provides the sharing of radio access among a crew of four and also allows the selection of individual radio channels. It provides live microphones and voice operated conference channels, as well as a loudspeaker monitor function. Each radio and headset port can be customised for gain and other features. The driver and other crew are able to communicate while operating other equipment via a hands-free voice activated switch function. The audio from the four connected operators and the three connected radios can be heard by all and also relayed over a loudspeaker.
PJ Aviation, which is based in the small Free State town of Gariep Dam, sells a wide variety of radio and avionics products including a light aircraft observation platform. The company is well known for its portable battery powered ground to air radio that is mostly used as backup for air traffic control and disaster relief.
Caption: PJ Aviation’s VIS340 intercom.