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Elbit Systems, Rockwell Collins to Improve Pilot Awareness on AC-130W

By Juliet Van Wagenen | May 20, 2015
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[Avionics Today 05-20-2015] Elbit Systems of America, through its Rockwell Collins ESA Vision Systems (RCEVS) joint venture, has entered into a NavSea Crane contract funded by United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to integrate the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) II onboard the AC-130W aircraft. The integration will occur over the course of the next two years. While the value of the contract is immaterial to Elbit Systems of America, the integration of the JHMCS II is pivotal to the warfighter, since adding JHMCS II technology is part of a much larger effort to add capabilities to the AC-130 platform.

Elbit Systems and Rockwell Collins’ JHMCS II. Photo: JHMCS II

Designed to improve situational awareness, the JHMCS II Helmet Mounted Display System is based on operationally proven technology that incorporates color symbology in both day and night modes. The JHMCS II provides visor-projected video in a well-balanced lightweight helmet and integrated system. Improving the center of gravity reduces pilot fatigue, especially on the long-duration missions common to the AC-130.

This is the first JHMCS II integration effort in the United States for military cargo aircraft. Current versions of JHMCS are flying on most U.S. fighter aircraft.

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