US Army contracts Raytheon/Thales team for helicopter HMDS development

19 February 2013 (Last Updated February 19th, 2013 03:45)

Raytheon Technical Services Company (RTSC) has been awarded a contract for engineering and manufacturing (EMD) development of helicopter helmet-mounted displays for the US Army.

Scorpion HMCS

Raytheon Technical Services Company (RTSC) has been awarded a contract for engineering and manufacturing (EMD) development of helicopter helmet-mounted displays for the US Army.

Under the terms of the $3.5m contract, RTSC, with Thales Visionix (TVI) will develop common helmet-mounted display (CHMD) systems for the army's Air Soldier systems programme.

The team will conduct systems engineering to modify TVI's Scorpion helmet mounted cueing system (HMCS) for installation on the HGU-56/P helmet, which is widely used in army helicopter applications.

"Our advanced, full-colour and affordable helmet-mounted display will provide air soldiers with the tactical and operational information platform they need today and well into the future."

RTSC customised engineering and depot support vice president Rudy Lewis said the contract demonstrated the capabilities and progress achieved by the company in offering a full suite of integrated situational awareness products and services to its customers.

Thales Visionix president Pete Roney added: "Our advanced, full-colour and affordable helmet-mounted display will provide air soldiers with the tactical and operational information platform they need today and well into the future."

Introduced in 2008, the Scorpion HMCS is the world's only fully coloured HMD developed for targeting pod and gimbaled sensor, as well as high off-boresight missile cueing mission scenarios.

Fully compatible with the AN/AVS-9 night-vision goggles (NVG), Panoramic NVG and other standard head and life support gear, the system rapidly acquires targets and provides an accurate and colour collimated image to the pilot due to an integrated light-guide optical element (LOE).

Manufacturing work under the contract, which was awarded by the US Army's Program Executive Office Soldier (PEO-S), is scheduled to be carried out at the company's facilities in Indiana and Illinois, US.

Air Soldier is an advanced aircrew mission and protective suite, designed to replace the legacy Air Warrior (AW) system, currently in service with the rotary and select fixed wing helicopter pilots of the US Army, Navy and Marine Corps.

The system is expected to enter service with the army before the end of 2015.


Image: The Scorpion HMCS mounted on a HGU-55/P helmet system. Photo: courtesy of Robertatac.

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