BAE Systems unveiled its generation II headborne energy analysis and diagnostic system (HEADS) for the first time at the Farnborough International Air Show.

The generation II HEADS is specifically designed to enhance the soldier monitoring capacity and help them in identifying and diagnosing combat-related traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

It also provides constant and automatic data collection of the severe impacts on the head during blast, ballistic and crash operations.

The system features an LED light that will blink when a blast exceeds a certain threshold, alerting the surrounding soldiers about the injured victim.

The sensor also provides a diagnostic tool to medical professionals to determine the severity of a possible TBI.

Generation II HEADS is a small, lightweight system that can be easily secured inside any combat helmet and collects potentially lifesaving data including impact direction, magnitude, duration, blast pressures, and angular and linear accelerations.

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The critical information can be quickly downloaded and analysed by medical teams using a simple USB or wireless connection.

The US Army has already placed an order with BAE for generation II HEADS, for which the deliveries will begin in April 2011 and run until July 2011.