French forces operating in Afghanistan have received the Thales TopOwl helmet-mounted sight and display system (HMSD), fitted to a new Tiger helicopter gunship.

The TopOwl HMSD provides conformal piloting symbology, dark night vision performance, and targeting together with comfort and fatigue reduction, according to

The upgraded night vision capability on the system provides enhanced visibility equal to a cloudy night with no moon, no peripheral light source and no starlight.

It also offers consistent transition between head-up piloting and head-down instrument monitoring with a balanced centre of gravity to help reduce pilot fatigue generated by standard night vision goggles.

The system can also be switched to high-resolution infrared image projection for improved visibility during faded visual conditions including brownout, whiteout, and night-time flying.