The US Navy has awarded a new indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (ID / IQ) contract to Elbit Systems of America to deliver a helmet display and tracker system (HDTS) with the continuously computed impact point (CCIP) algorithm.
Elbit Systems of America have received initial order of approximately $14.2m, while the contract's total value is reported to be nearly $50m.
The current contract is the US Navy’s first production order for the line-of-sight helmet tracking system, as well as the integration of targeting symbology in the Armed Helicopter Weapon System (AHWS) for the MH-60S multi-mission helicopter fleet.
Elbit Systems of America president and chief executive officer (CEO) Raanan Horowitz said: “Elbit Systems of America is strategically focused on delivering capabilities that aircrews can trust to increase mission effectiveness.
“The HDTS and CCIP are prime examples of our advanced display and targeting solutions that give aircrews a decisive edge during critical missions.”
Advanced technologies incorporated into the helmet and processor units enable pilots and crew members with line-of-sight tracking to enhance interaction with the flight navigation system.
They also assist in improving pilot and co-pilot situational awareness and increasing the accuracy of weapons delivery.
The new HDTS systems are equipped with day / night helmet mounted displays that offer full colour symbology, which will help pilots to keep ‘heads-up, eyes out’, while also checking on key flight information.
The new system will also keep the flight crews informed about where exactly pilots are looking and pointing their weapons.
Additionally, the advanced processor enables a weapon impact symbol to be continuously displayed on the visors of the pilot and crew members, enhancing overall deployment accuracy.
Work on the project will be carried out in Fort Worth, Texas, and is slated for completion by June 2021.
Image: MH-60S Knight Hawk multi-mission helicopters. Photo: courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Tony Tolley / US Air Force.