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Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS)
Boeing / Vision Systems International
The Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) gives
flight crew members the ability to rapidly acquire and designate a
target simply by looking at it. 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
aircraft altitude, airspeed, gravitational pull, angle of attack and
tactical information on the visor to increase crew members'
Since 2000, Boeing has contracted for more than 2,000 systems. The
company is the prime contractor and integrator for JHMCS. Vision
Systems International, a joint venture of Rockwell Collins and Elbit
Systems, based in San Jose, Calif., is the major subcontractor.
By August 2006, Boeing received orders from 10 international
customers The company announced today the first deliveries of the
advanced helmet sights to equip Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18s.
JHMCS is developed by Vision Systems International, a joint venture
between Rockwell Collins and Elbit Systems.
The Royal Australian Air Force is equipping its F/A-18 strike
fighters with Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS). The first
fleet aircraft delivery of JHMCS to the Royal Australian Air Force
occurred May 23 in Williamtown, New South Wales, Australia. Boeing
Australia and the Hornet Industry Coalition, a collaborative
arrangement between Boeing, BAE Systems and L-3 Communications of
Canada, will equip 71 Australian F/A-18s with JHMCS by 2008.
The system completed first flights with the Swiss and Finnish air
forces' F/A-18 Hornets. First flights took place in Swiss F/A-18Cs
on May 30 and Finnish F/A-18C/Ds on June 2 and 7. Switzerland and
Finland operate 35 and 63 systems, respectively. First flights in
Canadian CF-18s are scheduled for September. According to Phil
King, Boeing JHMCS program manager. "The proven success of JHMCS in
the field has resulted in a steady increase in customer demand."
Pilots first used the JHMCS operationally in Operation Iraqi
In April 2009 Vision Systems International, LLC (VSI) announced it has received several new contracts with a total value of more than $120 million. Part of these orders relate to an ongoing contract awarded by Boeing, for the delivery of more than additional 550 (Lot 5) Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS). The company has also won direct orders from the US Air Force and navy, for systems support. The new helmet systems will provide for the U.S. Air Force F-15E and F-16, Air National Guard F-15, U.S. Navy F/A-18C/D/E/F/G single seat and dual seat platforms, as well as foreign military sales production and spares commitments including: Australia (F/A-18), Belgium (F-16), Turkey (F-16), and other countries. Deliveries under FRP-5 will commence this year and continue through 2010. To date VSI delivered more than 3,000 systems.