Saab has secured a contract for first-time delivery of its newly developed RIGS head-up display (HUD) system to the US Army for enhancing the safety of its helicopters in challenging conditions.
The undisclosed order was awarded by BAE Systems on behalf of the Army Night-Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) following comprehensive evaluations on the Sikorsky-built UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.
The system is scheduled to undergo additional test flights on the Black Hawk and other helicopter platforms to demonstrate its ability to enhance the helicopters' safety during low-level operations and take-off and landing in degraded visual environments (DVE).
Saab North America sales and marketing executive vice president Wes Walters said the low-cost contract marked a significant milestone for the company as it involves the product's launch in the US.
The RIGS HUD is a multi-functional and cost-effective display/enhanced vision system (EVS), designed to improve pilots situational awareness by delivering high-resolution navigation, attitude, flight, reticle and video information during day/night and in adverse weather conditions.
Designed to be compatible with a wide range of helicopters and small aircraft, the lightweight system enhances the helicopter's safety during all phases of flight.
Due to its open systems architecture, the HUD facilitates rapid installation into new or upgraded platforms, either as a stand-alone system or through integration with the avionics system.
It has been manufactured to ensure compatibility with the existing and future enhanced flight-vision system (EFVS) operations.
RGIS HUD has also completed flight trails on the Eurocopter-built AS 350 Squirrel helicopter in May, and is also offered for installation onboard the rotary-winged platforms of police forces, fire protection services, as well as coastal protection agencies.
Image: A US Army's UH-60Q Black Hawk helicopter conducting casualty evacuation mission in US. Photo: US Navy photo by chief mass communications specialist Greg Bingaman/Released.