Vision Systems International (VSI), Elbit Systems’ joint venture with Rockwell Collins, has been awarded a $75.6 million contract for over 300 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS) from Boeing.
Under the contract, VSI will provide JHMCS display systems, spares, technical support and support equipment.
JHMCS provides pilots with a “first look, first shot” capability when employed with high off-boresight weapons under high-G conditions. The system allows pilots to lock-on and fire at enemy aircraft without having to manoeuvre their aircraft into position. The pilot needs only to point his head at the target and weapon systems are automatically cued to the target.
JHMCS can be also used in air-to-ground target engagements and was deployed in this manner in support of ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’. In both air-to-air and air-to-ground modes, targeting cues and aircraft parameters are displayed on the pilot’s visor.
Deliveries will start in March 2005 and continue through December 2006.