LOAM is a state-of-the-art navigational aid system for rotary wing platforms. Specifically designed to detect potentially dangerous obstacles along an aircraft’s flight path, it warns the crew in sufficient time to implement effective evasive counter-measure manoeuvres. LOAM works on the laser radar principle using an eye-safe laser beam to periodically scan the area along the flight path and perform a detailed analysis of the returned echoes. Thanks to an innovative suite of software algorithms, the system is able to identify the obstacles in the scenario and analyse their positions with respect to the flight path searching for possible impacts; in this situation it will then provide the crew with the relevant information and warn them of the impending obstacles.