The US Department of Defence has awarded Boeing an $81.2 million contract to produce more than 300 Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS).
According to a statement, the US Navy will utilise the JHMCS in its F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and the US Air Force in its F-15s and F-16s. Deliveries for this contract are said to have already begun.
‘This system revolutionises the way pilots go to battle,’ said Mike Rietz, Boeing Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System program manager. ‘The system has performed beyond operational effectiveness expectations.’
JHMCS is 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.
JHMCS gives pilots the ability to aim 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 any desired data, such as airspeed, altitude or target range, while ‘heads-up’, eliminating the need to look into the cockpit during visual air combat.
The US military is expected to order more than 1,500 systems. A full-rate production contract award is anticipated by June 2003.