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Digital night-vision aid contract for U.S. Navy, Marines awarded to Collins Aerospace

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June 24, 2020

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Digital night-vision aid contract for U.S. Navy, Marines awarded to Collins Aerospace
Photo: Collins Aerospace

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Collins Aerospace Systems (a unit of Raytheon Technologies) has won a contract with the U.S. government to further develop and build digital night-vision systems for U.S. Navy and Marine Corps rotary-wing and tiltrotor aircrews, the first of its kind, that will enable advanced night vision and display technology and help increase flight safety and mission effectiveness. 

The in-development Enhanced Visual Acuity (EVA) system is, say Collins Aerospace officials, a digital day/night vision solution that aims to integrate a helmet-mounted binocular display to provide wider, higher-resolution imagery and improved night vision performance at very low light levels, when rotary-wing pilots need to see the most. Moreover, helmets' design will minimize head-borne weight to reduce pilot fatigue while increasing comfort and safety.

“Digital night vision is a big step forward in providing enhanced situational awareness to the warfighter, and is a foundation we'll continually build on to ensure mission success,” said Dave Schreck, vice president and general manager for Military Avionics and Helicopters at Collins Aerospace. 

Work under the terms of the contract is being done at Collins Aerospace facilities in Iowa, California, and Massachusetts; it is expected to be completed by March 2023.

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