The Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) has conducted the first operational flights of a new night vision system produced by Vision Systems International, LLC (VSI), a developer of “helmet mounted display” technology.
The new system, “Night Vision Cueing and Display/Aviator’s Night Vision Imaging System” (NVCD/ANVIS), was part of RDAF operational flights over Libya as part of “Operation Unified Protector” where the RDAF is enforcing the “no fly zone”.
VSI is “very proud of the RDAF decision to fly with our system under operational environment,” said Drew Brugal, VSI’s president.
“Joint helmet-mounted cueing systems” (JHMCS) provide pilots with “first look, first shot” high off-boresight weapons engagement capabilities, VSI says. Those systems enable a pilot to accurately cue onboard weapons and sensors against enemy aircraft and ground targets without the need to aggressively turn the aircraft or place the target in the “head up display” (HUD) field-of-view for designation.
Critical information and symbols, such as targeting cues and aircraft performance parameters, are graphically displayed directly on the pilot’s visor. “Pilots depend on JHMCS to successfully execute air-to-air and air-to-ground tactical missions during daylight,” Brugal said. “As validated by the RDAF pilots, our NVCD/ANVIS system is now matured to expand this critical capability to night missions,” he said.
The NVCD/ANVIS is based on a standard pair of ANVIS-F4949 night vision goggles (NVG), modified with a VSI kit, providing the pilot with a full JHMCS symbols and cueing capability during night NVG operations. The flights conducted were in an RDAF F-16 MLU M5 configuration with no modifications required to the aircraft.