Elbit Systems Digital Eye Piece add-on transforms existing HMDs, NVGs into night-vision smart helmets

HAIFA, Israel, 6 July 2016. Elbit Systems, in collaboration with several European countries flying the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) on operational aircraft, performed a series of night flight demonstrations with the Digital Eye Piece (DEP), a lightweight night-vision cueing and display solution for JHMCS, Digital JHMCS (D-JHMCS), and JHMCS-II helmet mounted display (HMD) systems.

Jul 6th, 2016
Elbit Systems Digital Eye Piece add-on transforms existing HMDs, NVGs into night-vision smart helmets
Elbit Systems Digital Eye Piece add-on transforms existing HMDs, NVGs into night-vision smart helmets

HAIFA, Israel, 6 July 2016. Elbit Systems, in collaboration with several European countries flying the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) on operational aircraft, performed a series of night flight demonstrations with the Digital Eye Piece (DEP), a lightweight night-vision cueing and display solution for JHMCS, Digital JHMCS (D-JHMCS), and JHMCS-II helmet mounted display (HMD) systems.

Elbit’s add-on solution transforms existing HMDs and Night Vision Goggles (NVGs) into advanced night-vision smart helmets, providing pilots with daytime cueing and display capabilities in night operations. Its seamless integration requires no changes to aircraft installation or software, officials say.

The DEP is a plug-and-play solution that enables pilots to transition from day to night configuration, improves situational awareness, and meets the operational needs of military aviators. DEP can be installed onboard any fielded JHMCS, D-JHMCS, or JHMCS-II.

The goal of the flights was to demonstrate the system’s performance in night flight, including A/A and A/G scenarios, in which effective flight missions generally cannot be executed. A variety of international Air Forces participated in flights onboard their F-16 aircraft.

Feedback was very positive and the pilots emphasized the contribution of the system to night flight safety and effectiveness. Pilot feedback included: “the DEP improves situational awareness and reduces workload,” “the system improves night identification capabilities,” and “the DEP provides more flexibility and better situational awareness for close air support.”

The DEP was developed in cooperation with Elbit Systems’ subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, and Rockwell Collins through their joint venture, RCEVS. Since introducing the JHMCS 20 years ago, Elbit Systems has been providing aviators with proven day cueing technology.

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR), unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence (SIGINT) systems, data links and communications systems and radios. The company also focuses on the upgrading of existing military platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial aviation applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.

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