SAN JOSE, Calif. (July 31, 2008) - Vision Systems International, LLC (VSI), has been awarded an initial contract at more than $17 million from Boeing for the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) in 145 F-15E Strike Eagles. The contract includes dual-seat capable JHMCS hardware and pilot equipment to include helmets and visors. Initial deliveries have already commenced and will continue through mid-2009. "The situational awareness capabilities afforded by JHMCS in the air-to-ground mission environment are necessities given today’s battlespace, and providing a dual-seat capability is phenomenally important," said VSI President Drew Brugal. "Getting our JHMCS on the Strike Eagle has been a key company goal since we started developing the system in 1996."
The JHMCS provides the pilot with "first look, first shot" high off-boresight weapons engagement capabilities. The system enables the pilot to accurately cue onboard weapons and sensors against enemy aircraft and ground targets without the need to aggressively turn the aircraft or place the target in the Head-Up Display (HUD) for designation. Critical information and symbology, such as targeting cues and aircraft performance parameters, are graphically displayed directly on the pilot’s visor. This information, combined with the display of data-link cues, as well as navigational and aircraft performance parameters, provides the pilot with a tremendous increase in situational awareness.
Formed in 1996, VSI, is a joint venture between Elbit Systems of America, LLC (ESA), a subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd/ (NASDAQ: ESLT), and Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL). VSI was formed to develop, manufacture and support fixed wing HMDs worldwide. VSI today is a leading supplier of fixed-wing Helmet Mounted Displays (HMDs) worldwide. In addition to the JHMCS production, VSI is developing the advanced HMD for the F-35 (JSF), the QuadEye™ Night Vision Cueing & Display (NVCD) system for JHMCS equipped US Navy and US Air Force aircraft, and is also producing the Display and Sight Helmet (DASH) Generation IV HMD under multiple contracts.
Source: Rockwell Collins
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