Elbit Systems of America, LLC an Israeli owned company based in Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a contract for approximately $50 million by the U.S. Navy to provide the Helmet Display and Tracker System (HDTS) with the Continuously Computed Impact Point (CCIP) algorithm that will be made available for the Navy’s MH-60S fleet. The work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and completed by June 2021. An initial order of approximately $14.2 million was received, while the contract is slated under an indefinite end, indefinite quantity contract that will see Elbit continue to deliver the system until all helicopters have been equipped with the revolutionary system.
This award represents the Navy’s first production order for the line-of-sight helmet tracking system and the integration of targeting symbology in the Armed Helicopter Weapon System (AHWS) for the MH-60S fleet.
“Elbit Systems of America is strategically focused on delivering capabilities that aircrews can trust to increase mission effectiveness,” said Raanan Horowitz, president and chief executive officer of Elbit Systems of America. “The HDTS and CCIP are prime examples of our advanced display and targeting solutions that give aircrews a decisive edge during critical missions.”
The advanced technology of the helmet and processor provides pilots and crews with line-of-sight tracking to improve interaction with the flight navigation system, enhance pilot and co-pilot situational awareness, and increase the accuracy of weapons delivery. The HDTS system features day/night helmet mounted displays that show full-color symbology. This allows pilots to keep “heads-up, eyes out” while also seeing key flight information. With the new systems, flight crews know exactly where the pilots are looking and where they are pointing the weapons. In addition, the advanced processor allows weapon impact symbol to be continuously displayed on the pilot’s and crew’s visors for improved deployment accuracy.
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