Elbit Systems of America and RTX Get $16M from U.S. Navy for Pilot Helmet-Mounted Display System

The Zero-G Helmet Mounted Display System+ from Collins Elbit Vision Systems—a joint venture between Fort Worth-based Elbit Systems of America and RTX business Collins Aerospace—gives 21st-century Navy pilots "an augmented view of the battle space" for "faster decision making, increasing survivability, and effectiveness."

When 21st-century warfighters fly at speeds approaching Mach 2, they need something more than their natural eyesight to “see” the battle space. To gain that extra edge, the U.S. Navy has tapped Fort Worth-based Elbit Systems of America and a division of RTX—formerly known as Raytheon—to deliver the Improved Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System.

Collins Elbit Vision Systems (CEVS), a joint venture between RTX business Collins Aerospace and Elbit Systems of America, has been awarded a contract by the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division for development, engineering, logistics and test support of the newly formally introduced Zero-G Helmet Mounted Display System+ (HMDS+).

To be used in the Navy’s Block III F/A-18E/F and E/A-18G aircraft, the display system “will provide an augmented view of the battle space inside the pilot’s helmet to allow for faster decision making, increasing survivability, and effectiveness,” CEVS said.

“The team followed a new development process that incorporated early and continuous pilot input to field the best solution,” CEVS Co-General Manager Jeff Hoberg said in a statement. “The result is an innovative and adaptable HMDS that will follow a long, successful line of fielded HMDS from CEVS.”

‘Balanced and ultralight design’ decreases pilots’ physiological strain

In addition to providing improved capability, the balanced and ultra-lightweight design of the Zero-G HMDS+ will “significantly decrease the physiological strain pilots experience,” CEVS says.

And it’s not only Navy pilots who will be taking advantage of Elbit Systems of America technology. The Fort Worth-based company—a subsidiary of Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems—was awarded a five-year U.S. Army contract in October 2021 of up to $76 million to provide Integrated Helmet And Display Sight Systems for the U.S. Army’s AH-64 Apache helicopter fleet.

That contract continued Elbit Systems’ decades-long relationship with the U.S. Army’s Apache fleet.

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