Rockwell Collins and Elbit to provide night-vision capability to Navy pilot head-up displays
PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 28 May 2014. U.S. Navy combat aircraft experts needed night-vision capability for helmet-mounted head-up displays for high-performance fighter-bomber aircraft. They found their solution from a partnership of Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Elbit Systems of America in Fort Worth, Texas -- otherwise known as Rockwell Collins-ESA Vision Systems LLC.
Officials of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., announced plans Friday to negotiate a sole-source contract with Rockwell Collins-ESA for Night Vision Cueing and Display (NVCD) Systems that are compatible with different versions of the Navy's Boeing F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter.
The NVCD is part of the Rockwell Collins Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS), which projects symbology and imagery onto the pilot's helmet-mounted visor to help meet the workload of operating the aircraft; detecting, tracking, and engaging targets; and dealing with emergency situations.
Most importantly the JMCS and NVCD combination enables the pilot to keep his eyes out of the cockpit while viewing important information presented as symbology on his visor about targets, aircraft status, and navigation.
The upcoming contract will involve the NVCD modules for the JMCS used with the F/A-18 C, D, E, and F models, as well as the EA-18G Growler carrier-based electronic warfare jet.
The NVCD is designed to enable combat jet pilots to fly as well, and with similar tactics, maneuvers, and weapons use as they would during the day. It and the JMCS are mounted on a lightweight HGU 55/P helmet shell that can accommodate the day or night modules.
The Rockwell Collins NVCD QuadEye provides the pilot with a 100-by-40-degree field of view or 40 degrees circular, with symbology or video inserted into the night-vision scene.
The upcoming contract to Rockwell Collins will include NVCD support equipment, spares, interim repairs, non-recurring engineering, logistics support, technical data, and programmatic support for one year, with options for two additional years, Navy officials say.