If looks could kill

Boeing has been awarded $66 million to begin production of Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS), devices that allow pilots to aim their weapons by simply looking at a target.

The US Department of Defence awarded Boeing a $66 million contract for the fourth low-rate initial production (LRIP) of Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS).

Boeing will deliver the JHMCS to the US Air Force for use by F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots and to the US Navy for F/A-18E/F Super Hornet pilots. Four foreign customers will also take delivery of JHMCS systems.

Boeing said in a statement that the program is also moving into full-rate production and anticipates the US military ordering more than 1,500 JHMCS.

‘Now that we’re in full-rate production, we can continue our deliveries to both US and international warfighters with JHMCS vastly improving their situational awareness and increasing their combat effectiveness,’ said Mike Rietz, Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System program manager for Boeing.

JHMCS are said to combine a magnetic head tracker with a display projected onto the pilot’s visor, giving the pilot a targeting device that can be used to aim sensors and weapons wherever the pilot is looking.

With JHMCS, the pilot can aim the radar, air-to-air missiles, infrared sensors, and air-to-ground weapons by pointing his or her head at the target and pressing a switch on the flight controls.

Additionally, the pilot can view cockpit data such as airspeed, altitude and target range without having to look into the cockpit during visual air combat.