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.