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Boeing Orders More JHMCS

Oct. 24, 2007: Vision Systems International, LLC (VSI), a joint venture between Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT) and Rockwell Collins, recently added over $60 million in new contracts for some 300 units of its flagship product the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS). The recent award represents the eighth production contract since 1996. Since 2000, Boeing has contracted for more than 2,500 systems. VSI is the JHMCS subcontractor for Boeing, acting as the prime contractor for the joint services program.

The recent orders will satisfy domestic (US) requirements for the U.S. Air Force F-15 and F-16, Air National Guard F-15, and U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F. Additional orders represent export programs, including foreign military sales for Greece (F-16), Poland (F-16), Belgium (F-16), Turkey (F-16), Australia (F/A-18), Switzerland (F/A-18) and Canada (F/A-18).

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The JHMCS allows flight crew members to rapidly acquire and designate a target simply by looking at it. Warfighters used the JHMCS operationally for the first time during Operation Iraqi Freedom. By placing an aiming cross, projected on the helmet visor, over the desired target and pressing a button, pilots can quickly and easily aim weapons and sensors to designate and attack airborne or ground targets. JHMCS also displays tactical information, aircraft altitude, airspeed, gravitational pull and angle of attack on the visor to increase the crew members' situational awareness.

JHMCS in Tandem

Earlier this month Boeing delivered the first dual-cockpit F/A-18F Super Hornet Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) to the U.S. Navy, providing significant improvements to in-flight crew coordination. The two-seat variant places a JHMCS helmet on both crew members, giving each the capability to aim weapons and sensors as well as a visual indication of where each crew member is looking.

Boeing is scheduled to deliver 77 of the two-seat JHMCS-equipped aircraft to the U.S. Navy over the next three years. "The extension of the JHMCS capability into the aft cockpits of F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets has been eagerly awaited for several years," said Phil King, Boeing JHMCS program manager.

The inclusion of JHMCS in the aft seat of two-seat aircraft gives the weapons system officer the same weapons management capabilities as the pilot. The system vastly reduces the amount of required verbal discussion and improves the ability to react rapidly to targets and/or threats that are visually detected by either crew member.



 


 

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