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Boeing developing military helmet

March 2, 2012 at 4:55 PM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, March 2 (UPI) -- Boeing is producing a military Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System at the request of the U.S. Air Force.

Boeing Co. Defense, Space and Security subdivision in St. Louis has upgraded its JHMCS under a $31.7 million full-rate production contract in response to calls from Air Force aviation experts for helmet-mounted targeting systems for air forces in Pakistan, Belgium, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, and Finland and the U.S. Navy.

Boeing began initial production of its Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System in 2000 and the system has been in production for the aircraft pilot system since 2005.

Boeing said its JHMCS is deployed on more than 2,500 F-15, F-16 and F/A-18 combat jets worldwide, the company said Friday.

The JHMCS helps Air Force jet fighter pilots fire the AIM-9X Sidewinder heat-seeking air-to-air missile as part of the High-Off-Bore Sight system, enabling a pilot to aim onboard weaponry at enemy aircraft by pointing their head at a targets.

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