The Boeing Company, an aerospace company and defense contractor, has engaged Vision Systems International LLC, a producer of helmet display technology, to deliver its “joint helmet mounted cueing system” for use in U.S. Air Force and Navy aircraft, as well as in the aircraft of foreign militaries.
Under the terms of the $32 million contract, VSI will provide the JHMCS, as well as spares, technical support and ground support equipment, the company says. The JHMCS fulfills U.S. government domestic requirements and the requirements of countries operating F-16 and F/A-18 aircrafts; those countries include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland and Switzerland.
“JHMCS, our first combat proven helmet, remains the world’s leading helmet display for fixed-wing tactical aircraft,” said Phil King, VSI’s president. “JHMCS gives pilots unparalleled situational awareness, providing them a significant advantage in both air-to-air and air-to-ground mission execution,” he said. “It enables them to maintain ‘eyes out’ while viewing critical information on the helmet visor.”
Using the JHMCS pilots can 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 field-of-view for designation, King said. The system provides pilots with “high, off-bore sight weapons engagement capabilities,” he added. That is “first look, first shot,” he said.
VSI expects to begin deliveries of the JHMCS during 2012 and continue through 2013.