Collins Elbit Vision Systems Solution the Only HMD Integrated on F-16V
The Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System II (JHMCS II), the newest member of the JHMCS family of products, is being flight tested aboard the F-16V. This follows the completion of JHMCS II safety qualification testing, including windblast, tower and sled tests.
These flight tests are part of the USAF’s Military Flight Release (MFR) for the F-16V launch customer, a critical milestone that signifies the aircraft and its subsystems have met specification performance, safety, reliability and maintainability criteria. The JHMCS II is the only helmet mounted display (HMD) integrated and tested on the F-16V.
JHMCS II incorporates key new technological advances while drawing on the strong legacy of the parent family. It features visor-projected symbology, an optical/inertial tracker and up-look reticles that fully exploit high off-boresight visual cueing and targeting for advanced weaponry, avionics and sensors. A day display module and a night module enabling modified 4949 Aviator Night Vision Goggles (NVG) provide symbology in all flight conditions with one-handed in-flight switching capability.
“JHMCS II is designed to increase lethality, mission effectiveness and pilot safety,” commented Raanan Horowitz, President and CEO of Elbit Systems of America. “The helmet mounted display’s improved center of gravity reduces neck strain, which increases pilot safety and comfort.”
As the formal baseline HMD of F-16V and F-16 block 70/72 aircraft, the JHMCS II has already been selected by several international customers. In addition, variants of JHMCS II have been selected by other air forces worldwide to equip a wide range of fighter aircraft. More than 6,000 JHMCS HMDs have been supplied to military pilots in dozens of countries.
“Flight testing is the next milestone as we partner with Collins Elbit Vision Systems on the JHMCS II, and we look forward to continued collaboration,” stated Danya Trent, VP, F-16 for Lockheed Martin.
The JHMCS II is manufactured and delivered through Collins Elbit Vision Systems (CEVS), a joint venture between Collins Aerospace and Elbit Systems of America.