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Primus 660 Weather Radar

Reliable Weather
Avoidance Radar

Honeywell, the worlds leader in avionics continues the development of weather


radar systems with the Primus 660 featuring 10 kilowatts of power and up to a
24-inch antenna. The results of a recent Honeywell survey of radar operators were
clear: customers want the performance of high power radars such as the
Primus 400 with the reliability and features of modern weather radars.
Customers are also demanding the integrated receiver/transmitter/ antenna, (RTA)
architecture that is lighter and reduces installation complexity. Honeywell has
responded with the Primus 660 a weather radar ideally suited for mid-range
business jets and regional aircraft.

Commercial Aviations Most


Integrated RTA Weather Rad
Performance and reliability
The Primus 660 is a completely new
radar design using all of Honeywells RF
expertise to provide the ultimate in both
performance and reliability.
The Primus 660 excels in all three weather radar performance categories.
Pulse width: Primus 660s narrow pulse
width provides better resolution of the
reflected signal which, in turn, makes
it easier to distinguish ground from
weather
Transmitter power: 10 kilowatts of
power for unsurpassed range in class
Receiver sensitivity: Primus 660s high
receiver sensitivity allows the radar to
detect extremely weak signals from
distant storms

StormTest
Honeywell invited a group of customers to participate in a unique program called
StormTest. These customers provided feedback on the performance of the
radar, which allowed Honeywell engineers to perfect the Primus 660. Thanks to
these customers, StormTest was a huge success which resulted in a radar that
is Pilot Proven.

in every mode, the time at incremental

compensating for attenuation caused by

altitudes and the time at incremental

intervening rainfall. Second, REACT

temperature to help service technicians

advises pilots of areas where target cali-

identify any faults.

bration cannot be maintained by changing the screen background to blue,

Weather detection

warning that attenuation may be hiding


areas of severe weather. Third, any target displayed in the blue field will

Powerful
ar

appear in magenta to alert the pilot to


its probable severity.

NEXRAD

Rainfall intensity levels are displayed in


four brilliant colors contrasted against a
black background. The result is a crisp
display that makes any target readable
under any cockpit lighting condition.
The United States has designed and
Magenta represents areas of severe rain-

implemented a ground-based radar,

fall, red shows heavy rainfall, yellow rep-

referred to as NEXRAD. These radars

resents medium rainfall and green indi-

are very large (24 foot antennas) and

cates light rain.

use a very complicated technique to


derive weather information, with results

To help in analyzing the storm,


Honeywells Primus 660 informs pilots of
the operating mode, distance to each
range mark and antenna tilt angle.

Primus 660 vs. its hostile


environment

REACT

that are quite exact. Honeywell has performed extensive testing to ensure that
Primus 660 matches the data derived
from the NEXRAD.

Dual mode and displays

A radar system is installed in one of the

Primus 660 naturally integrates with the

most hostile environments on an air-

Electronic Flight Management

craftthe nose. Water in the radome can

Instrument System (EFIS) accompanied

cause weather radar problems. Primus

with one or two radar controllers, WC-

660 has been designed to work in the

660. With two controllers, Primus 660

worst of all environments, even a direct

can be operated like two separate

shower.

radars. The pilots controller settings are


used for one sweep, then the co-pilots

BITE

are used for the subsequent sweep.

Primus 660s Built-In Test Equipment


(BITE) features complete RF loop-back
which continuously tests the transmitter
power and receiver sensitivity, and
reports any faults to the pilot. Included

Also, the Primus 660 has its own indeHoneywells exclusive Rain Echo
Attenuation Compensation Technique
(REACT) safety feature alerts pilots to
areas where storms may be hidden
behind other storms.

in the monitoring are circuit checks such

pendent weather radar indicator, the WI660. The radar indicator has a special
interface to connect the Lightning
Sensor System or Data Nav V for added
versatility in the cockpit.

as power supply and computer memory.

REACT performs three distinct functions.

BITE also monitors the time of operation

First, it maintains target calibration by

Installation

PRIMUS 660 WEATHER RADAR SPECIFICATIONS

Since the Primus 660 is an RTA-style

WU-660 Radar
Part Number
Power Output

radar, installation is straight-forward.


Retrofitting where a Primus 650 was
installed is even easier with an adapter
cable from Honeywell and conversion of
the controllers and indicators.

Supporting the system


Honeywells avionics are based on
proven technology to provide you with
exceptionally high reliability and
simplified maintenance.
Our award-winning product support services include regularly scheduled training
classes offered worldwide for both flight
crews and maintenance
personnel. When service is needed, a
global dealer network is in the front line
for your Primus 660.
Honeywells Customer and Product
Support organization is committed to
keeping your weather radar operating
day and night, around the world.

Pulse Widths
Receiver Sensitivity
Modes
Variable Gain Range
Tilt Range
Ranges
Scan Angle
Sector Scan Angle
Antenna Sizes
Power Requirements
Radar Weight
Antenna Weights
Altitude
Temperature
Helicopter Qualified
Adapter Cable
DO-160C

WI-660 Indicator
Note: The Primus 660 uses the WI-650 indicator
Part Number
7007700-301 to -304
Options
Color: Black or Gray
Lightning Sensor Control
Size
4.2x6.1x11.49
Weight
12.5 lbs
Altitude
25,000 feet
Temperature
-20 to 55 C
Power Requirements
28Vdc, 36W max
Mounting
Tray
Helicopter Qualified
Yes
DO-160B
B1A/PKS/XXXXXXAAAAA
WC-660 Controller
Part Number
Options
Size
Weight
Altitude
Temperature
Power Requirements
Mounting
Helicopter Qualified
DO-160B (WC-660)
Manuals
Pilots Manual
System Description and Installation
Manual

Find out more


For more information please call your
local Honeywell representative,
or contact:
Honeywell Aerospace
21111 North 19th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Toll Free: 800.601.3099
International: 602.365.3099
www.honeywell.com

7021450-601
10kW (nominal)
12kW (max)
1 or 2 micro-seconds
-118 dBm (nominal)
REACT, GMAP,
Target Alert, Sector Scan
+3 to -15 dB
+15 to -15
2.5-300nm WXPD bus
2.5-320nm ARINC 453
120
60
12 and 18
28Vdc, 110W max
13.9 lbs
12 = 2.2 lbs
18 = 3.0 lbs
55,000 ft
-55 to +70 C
Yes
Yes, for P-650 installations
F2-AB[CLMY]XXXXFXA[BZ]AZZRZA3E4XX

A60-0862-000-000
October 2005
2005 Honeywell International Inc.

7008471-665 to -668
Color: Black or Gray
Lightning Sensor Control
1.875x5.75x6.5
2.0 lbs
25,000 feet
-20 to 55 C
28Vdc, 8.5W max
Dzus
Yes
B1A/KS/XXXXXXAAAAA
A28-1146-111
A09-3944-001