Indian company Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has signed a technical collaboration agreement (TCA) with Israel’s Elbit Systems for helmet-mounted display system (HMDS).

Under the TCA, BEL will manufacture HMDS / helmet pointing system (HPS) Version 02 in India through a licence with the national armed forces.

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The agreement was signed at the recently concluded Aero India 2019 in the city of Bengaluru.

It allows BEL to manufacture and integrate the HMDS/HPS for the Indian Naval and other rotary wing platforms of the armed forces.

The HMDS to be produced under the TCA will be equipped with the latest features of night flying with night-vision goggles, colour day and night display, 3D symbology, head tracking, sensors and weapon cueing.

With the advanced HMDS/HPS system, Indian forces will have the capability to display the helicopter’s flight and platform information, mission data, and target information.

“The concept enables the crew to focus on mission performance, enhancing situational awareness and survivability in all naval missions.”

The system will also deliver other capabilities such as low-visibility landing and take-off, flight within degraded visibility environment, optional weapons management and synthetic vision during day and night flying.

Moreover, the display system is based on the ‘Heads Up – Eyes Out’ concept, which minimises the need to carry out ‘Heads Down’ in-cockpit instrumentation observation for key parameters such as altitude, velocity, engine performance, and warning indications.

In addition, the concept enables the crew to focus on mission performance, enhancing situational awareness and survivability in all naval missions.

Elbit designs HMDS systems for fixed-wing aircraft and rotary aircraft pilots.

The company’s offering includes helmet-mounted systems for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the joint helmet-mounted cueing system (JHMCS), and the night-vision cueing display (NVCD).