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 Defenseworld.net 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.
Dubai Airshow opened today for the first time at Dubai World Central, and has set of a record with shows order tally reaching US $162.6 billion – surpassing its previous record of US $155 billion record set in 2007
Eurocopters EC725 and NH90 both have demonstrated their efficiency in the most complex operational theaters, and will be presented at Dubai Airshow. Eurocopter designed its EC725 from the start as a true multi-role helicopter, capable of performing missions that include SAR, combat SAR, long-distance tactical transport and medical airlift, naval assignments, as well as logistics support and special operations
AgustaWestland will showcase its latest AW189 8 ton class twin engine and the AW169 4.5 ton class light intermediate helicopters at Dubai Airshow 2013
Northrop Grumman will highlight a range of its global defence and security solutions, including airborne early warning and control systems, aerial surveillance and fire control radars at the Dubai Air Show 2013. "Northrop Grumman is proud of its long trusted partnership with the United Arab Emirates [UAE] built over many years on a variety of programs and capabilities," said Douglas Raaberg, chief executive United Arab Emirates, Northrop Grumman
Bell Helicopter will feature a number of commercial and military aircraft on static display at the 2013 Dubai Airshow, November 17-21. "We have spent more than half a century serving the Middle East and this region continues to represent a very important part of Bell Helicopters balanced business strategy,” said John Garrison, Bell Helicopter's president and CEO
Finmeccanica will showcase its latest aircraft at the international event at the Dubai Airshow next week with AgustaWestland and Alenia Aermacchi participating, the company said in a statement. "This year Finmeccanica and its companies Alenia Aermacchi, AgustaWestland and Selex ES will participate to this important event
The Spanish Ministry of Defence will equip the Boeing EF-18 Growler aircraft with 80 Thales Scorpion Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (HMCS). These HMCS will be installed in the aircraft during the course of 2016 and 2017, once the operational qualification phase and air-to-air (A2A) and air-to-ground (A2G) tests have been completed
Textron recently completed 50 hours of flight testing of Scorpion- a new light attack and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. The jet-powered Scorpion is 43
Thales will exhibit at Defexpo 2014, from 6 to 9 February in New Delhi, India, showcasing a wide range of products under Advanced air defence systems, C4I solutions, Land and Naval communications, Optronics, Underwater and electronic warfare systems. Thaless Advanced Air Defence offering has SAMP/T theatre anti-missile system, the RAPID range of weapon systems, missiles and some other air defence systems
Thales has won a strategic study contract to define the overall system architecture for future network-centric operations by the French armed forces. The study known as ETO AGORA, will build operational scenarios using the various networks to be deployed by 2020–25 to define an interconnection model that ensures effective delivery of future operational services, taking into account the progressive migration of these networks to IP technology
Thales announced today that will join SAF Group at a shared training centre, which features two state-of-the-art Reality H Simulators, in Albertville in the French Alps. SAF, who have operated a Reality H in Albertville since 2012, providing training and simulation for the EC135, will be joined by Thales, who will operate a further brand new Reality H to be ready for training by mid- 2014
Thales has won a 100 million euros contract to supply Forceshield integrated air defense system and STARSTREAK missiles to the Indonesian Ministry of Defense. In addition to the supply of STARStreak short-range air defence missiles, the system comprises CONTROLMaster200 radar and weapon coordination systems, RAPIDRanger mobile weapon systems and Lightweight Multiple Launchers (LML), as well as associated communications, training and support equipment
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