EFW Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas, will supply the helmet display and tracking system (HDTS) for the future U.S. Army Bell Helicopter Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) under terms of a contract worth potentially $51 million through 2012.
The HDTS will be based on EFW’s Aviator’s Night Vision Imaging System/Head Up Display (ANVIS/HUD) with a tracking system for pilot targeting and cueing. EFW is an Elbit Systems of America company.
The HDTS enhances situational awareness and safety by enabling the pilot to look outside the cockpit and away from his instruments during day and night operations by projecting critical flight information into the day display and night vision goggles view. The system also provides line-of-sight (LOS) cueing between pilots, or display the LOS of an electro-optical payload.
The base EFW ANVIS/HUD system has been in operational U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps helicopter since the mid 1990s. The system is installed on most of the utility and special operations helicopter fleet platforms, including the H-60, CH-53 CH-47, CH-46, H-1, V-22 and others.
The addition of the tracking and LOS functions to this proven product provides the U.S. military aviator a helmet-mounted system that delivers state of the art situational awareness and aircrew interaction.
For more information contact EFW online at www.efw.com.