The U.S. Air Force has selectedÂ Garmin‘s international unit to supplyÂ aviator watches forÂ pilots of the Lockheed Martin-built U-2 reconnaissance aircraft.
Garmin said Wednesday itsÂ D2 Charlie aviator watch is designed to serve as aÂ back-up navigation system in the cockpit through the delivery of global navigation support, moving maps and other features.
The company expects the Air Force to order more thanÂ 100 D2 Charlie aviator watches for a specialized pilot group that flies U-2 planes.
D2 Charlie is designed to operate at up to 70,000 feet and provide barometric-based O2 alerting, flight information, global positioning system features and the option to build or update flight plans.
The device also supports integration with theÂ Garmin Connect mobile application to show flight plan information and progress.
D2 Charlie includes the Garmin Elevate technology that tracks pilots’ heart rate and daily activities such asÂ running, golfing, cycling, swimming and skiing.