Elbit Systems, in collaboration with several
European countries currently flying the Joint Helmet Mounted
Cueing System (JHMCS) on their operational aircraft, has performed a
series of successful 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.
The add-on solution
transforms existing HMDs and Night Vision Goggles (NVGs) into
highly advanced, cutting-edge night vision smart helmets,
providing pilots with daytime cueing and display capabilities in
their night operations. Its seamless integration requires no
changes to aircraft installation or software.
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
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.
Pilot feedback included:
“the DEP improves situational awareness and reduces workload”…
“the system improves night identification capabilities”… “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.
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