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Marines order Helmet Display and Tracker System for helicopter pilots

Elbit Systems : 14 January, 2010  (Application Story)
Helmet kits for use in the AH-1W attack helicopters owned by the US Marine Corps to be equipped with Display and Tracker System enabling pilots to maintain high levels of situational awareness in all conditions
Marines order Helmet Display and Tracker System for helicopter pilots
Elbit Systems of America has announced receipt of contracts from the United States Marine Corps (USMC) for Elbit Systems of America Helmet Display and Tracker System (HDTS) for the USMC AH-1W Attack Helicopter. The contract effort covers the development of retrofit kits to incorporate HDTS into the AH-1W helicopter. Elbit Systems of America will be assisted in this program by subcontractors Elbit Systems Ltd. Aerospace Division as well as Service Support Associates Inc. Elbit Systems of America was chosen based upon the previously successful 1st flight of HDTS on the USMC AH-1W in November 2007 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland.

The program is valued at $8.2 million and is to be performed through 2010. Award of a contract for HDTS production kits and installation is expected in September 2010.

The HDTS system provides significant increases in situational awareness and safety by allowing pilots to fly “head out of the cockpit” during day and night operations and combines it with Other Pilot Line of Sight (OPLOS) information. This information further increases crew situational awareness and effectiveness, while reducing workload. The system is based on the proven Elbit Systems ANVIS/HUD which has been in use by US Army, US Navy, US Marines and US Air Force rotary wing pilots since the mid- 1990’s. The system is installed on most of the US utility and cargo Helicopter fleet platforms, including the UH-60L, CH-53E, CH-47D, CH-46E, UH-1N, V-22 and others, and has seen extensive operational use in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Commenting on the contract milestone, Raanan Horowitz, President and CEO of Elbit Systems of America said, “Elbit Systems of America is pleased and honored to support the USMC AH-1W team. The previous demonstration efforts were completed months ahead of schedule and we will press ahead for similar results in this program phase. Production deliveries of the HDTS will provide greatly enhanced situational awareness and reduce cockpit workload for the USMC war-fighter in the AH-1W cockpit”.

In combination with OPLOS and weapons aiming and targeting information, the HDTS will provide US Marine Corps Helicopter pilots with flight data symbology 24 hours a day, utilizing new, light-weight flat panel displays superimposed over helmet mounted night vision goggles for the night, and the Day HUD for day display of relevant flight symbology.
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