Monday, July 19, 2010
Raytheon Signs HMIT Contract
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon a $12.6 million contract for Phase 1 integration and qualification of the Helmet Mounted Integrated Targeting (HMIT) system for Air Force and Air National Guard A-10C and F-16C Block 30/32 aircraft. The parties made the announcement at this week's Farnborough Air Show outside London.
HMIT will be a "heads-up" system that displays information in color imagery in the pilot's field of vision. Information displayed will include weapons-cueing, targeting and situational awareness information, including data from on-board and remote sensors. The system will track helmet movement to display accurate imagery regardless of the direction the pilot's head is turned, and it will be fully compatible with U.S. military-standard airborne night vision systems.
Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC (RTSC), the prime contractor, is teamed with Gentex Corp., of Simpson, Pa., to produce the system, based on Gentex's Visionix Scorpion Helmet Mounted Cueing System. The program includes five one-year production options, with a potential total value up to $50 million.