Collins Elbit Vision Systems (CEVS) was awarded a contract by the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division for the development, engineering, logistics and test support of the enhanced Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System used in Block III F/A-18E/F and E/A-18G aircraft. The contract is worth an estimated $16 million, or €14.91 million.
A new helmet for F/A-18E/F and E/A-18G Block III pilots
Collins Elbit Vision Systems (CEVS) – a joint venture between Collins Aerospace, an RTX company, and Elbit Systems of America – has been awarded a contract by the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division for the development, engineering, logistics and test support for the enhanced Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System used on Boeing F/A-18E/F and E/A-18G Block III jets. The contract is worth an estimated $16 million, or €14.91 million.
Increased perception of the battle space
With this contract, CEVS officially introduces the Zero-G Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS+). The Zero-G HMDS+ will provide an augmented view of the battlespace inside the pilot’s helmet to enable faster decision-making, thereby increasing survivability and effectiveness. “The team followed a new development process that incorporated early and ongoing feedback from pilots to find the best solution. The result is an innovative and adaptable HMDS that will follow a long and successful series of HMDS fielded by CEVS.” , said Jeff Hoberg, co-chief executive officer of CEVS. “More than a helmet offering 360° peripheral vision, it is a real extension of the cockpit, which offers all the information necessary for the continuation of flight and/or combat to the pilot,” adds Collins. .
A lighter and better distributed mass
The helmet also has the advantage of being lighter in weight compared to its predecessors. It makes extensive use of composite materials and the distribution of masses takes much more into account the center of gravity of the equipment, thus making it more comfortable to wear. In addition to improving capabilities, the balanced and ultra-lightweight design of the Zero-G HMDS+™ will significantly reduce the physiological stresses experienced by pilots.