Thales Demos Scorpion HMD At Dubai Air Show

  • Bindiya Thomas Exclusive From Dubai Airshow
  • 07:19 AM, November 27, 2013
  • 4175
Thales Demos Scorpion HMD At Dubai Air Show
Representative Picture.

Thales used the Dubai Air Show last week to further demonstrate the Scorpion helmet-mounted display (HMD).

The Scorpion is the world’s first full color helmet mounted display, providing color symbology and video during full day and night missions. Scorpion is designed for use in fighters, helicopters and transport aircraft, especially in situations where a lightweight monocular solution is ideal, according to Thales.

Already in full-rate production and installed on US Air Force F-16, A-10 and C-130 aircraft the Scorpion was selected as part of the US Army Aviation’s Common Helmet Mounted Display (CHMD) system, which will be fielded as the standard HMD equipment across multiple US Army helicopter types.

Thales also recently demonstrated the HMD on numerous other fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters successfully.

The combination of high speed, accurate hybrid tracker, full color symbology and video display capability together enable pilots to quickly assimilate complex tactical situations, both day and night, greatly enhancing situational awareness and the process for rapidly executing the right decisions.

Interfacing with standard Night Vision Goggles, Scorpion provides combined full color symbology and video superimposed on NVG imagery, the statement added.

In an interview with at the sidelines of the Dubai Air Show, John Beck, Senior Manager, Business Development, Thales explained that the Scorpion supports full day/night transition missions, is totally compatible with AN/AVS-9 NVGs and Panoramic Night-Vision Goggles (PNVGs) and has an on-demand sensor video (IR) display.

According to Beck, the Scorpion is user friendly and its control Unit (ICU) maybe be mounted in a cockpit with no avionics bay intrusion, includes a 16 GB removable data cartridge, in cockpit and provides aircraft power to the NVGs (and battery backup).  

The Scorpion also provides the lowest overall integration and life cycle costs and is specifically designed for easy installation on new platforms as well as retrofit programmes. 

Also Read

First Day Of Dubai Airshow Reached Orders Worth $162.6 Billion

November 17, 2013 @ 05:52 PM

Eurocopter To Showcase Advanced Military Helicopters At Dubai Airshow

November 15, 2013 @ 03:10 PM

AgustaWestland To Unveil New AW189 Engines And Helicopters At Dubai Airshow

November 15, 2013 @ 03:04 PM

Northrop Grumman To Highlight Global Defence And Security Capabilities At Dubai Airshow

November 14, 2013 @ 07:34 AM

Bell Helicopter To Showcase Next Generation Aircrafts And Upgrades At Dubai Airshow

November 14, 2013 @ 07:26 AM

Finmeccanica To Unveil Advanced Aircraft At Dubai Airshow

November 13, 2013 @ 08:24 AM

Thales To Supply Scorpion Helmet Display For Spanish EF-18 Fighter Jets

May 12, 2016 @ 09:02 AM

New Scorpion Aircraft Completes First 50 Hours Of Flight Test

April 14, 2014 @ 02:41 PM

Thales To Exhibit C4I Solutions At Defexpo 2014

January 31, 2014 @ 11:07 AM

Thales To Define Future Network-Centric Architecture

January 29, 2014 @ 04:17 PM

Thales, SAF Group Team Up For Helicopter Training Centre

January 15, 2014 @ 12:20 PM

Thales Wins £100 Million Air Defense Systems Contract

January 15, 2014 @ 11:39 AM