Military Embedded Systems

Helmet display system completes flight testing aboard F-16V


August 03, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Elbit Systems of America photo.

FORT WORTH, Texas. Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) II, the newest member of the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System family of products, is being flight tested aboard the Lockheed Martin F-16V aircraft in the United States. This follows the completion of JHMCS II safety qualification testing, including windblast, tower, and sled tests.

These flight tests are part of the U.S. Air Force's Military Flight Release (MFR) for the F-16V launch customer, a milestone that signifies the aircraft and its subsystems have met specification performance, safety, reliability, and maintainability criteria. According to the company, the JHMCS II is the only Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) integrated and tested on the F-16V. 

JHMCS II incorporates new technological advancements while aiming to draw on the legacy of the JHMCS family of HMDs. It features visor-projected symbology, an optical/inertial tracker and up-look reticles that 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 are intended to provide symbology in all flight conditions with one-handed in-flight switching capability.

The JHMCS II has been selected by several international customers, according to the company. In addition, variants of JHMCS II were 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. 

The JHMCS II is manufactured and delivered through Collins Elbit Vision Systems (CEVS), a joint venture between Collins Aerospace and Elbit Systems of America.

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