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BAE Begins Night Flight Trials for Striker II HMD

By Juliet Van Wagenen | September 18, 2015
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BAE Systems Striker II HMD
BAE Systems Striker II HMD. Photo: BAE

[Avionics Today 09-18-2015] BAE Systems has begun night trials on the Striker II Helmet-Mounted Display (HMD) fighter pilot helmet to evaluate its digital night vision capability. Successful trials will lead the way to a fully integrated digital night vision helmet that aims to replace the need for traditional analog night vision goggles.

“Striker II has a high-definition, lightweight night vision camera which translates information and displays it on the helmet’s visor. This removes the need for heavy night vision goggles, which increase g-force pressures on the head and neck, limiting the pilot’s maneuverability in the cockpit,” said Peter Kosogorin, test pilot for BAE Systems. “The helmet provides a clear and accurate visual display and a seamless transition from day to night, eliminating the need to manually configure and adjust night vision goggles.”

Developed and tested by BAE Systems, Striker II is a fully digital solution. BAE Systems will continue to evaluate the helmet’s integration with Typhoon aircraft in another series of flight trials later this year.

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