Elbit Systems on Monday announced its new Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) II is being flight tested aboard the Lockheed Martin F-16V aircraft in the United States.
This follows the completion of JHMCS II safety qualification testing, including windblast, tower and sled tests. These flight tests are part of the U.S. Air Force’s Military Flight Release (MFR) for the F-16V launch customer. The JHMCS II is the only Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) integrated and tested on the F-16V.
The JHMCS II is manufactured and delivered through Collins Elbit Vision Systems (CEVS), a joint venture between Collins Aerospace and Elbit Systems of America. It features visor-projected symbology, an optical/inertial tracker and up-look reticles that fully exploit high off-boresight visual cueing and targeting for advanced weaponry, avionics and sensors. A day display module and a night module enabling modified -4949 Aviator Night Vision Goggles provide symbology in all flight conditions with one-handed in-flight switching capability.
As the formal baseline Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) of F-16V and F-16 block 70/72 aircraft, the JHMCS II already has been selected by several international customers, the company said.
“JHMCS II is designed to increase lethality, mission effectiveness and pilot safety,” said Raanan Horowitz, President and CEO of Elbit Systems of America. “The helmet mounted display’s improved center of gravity reduces neck strain which increases pilot safety and comfort.”