BAE Systems introduces new combat helmet for pilots

BAE Systems says night vision and target tracking capabilities for combat pilots has been improved on its new combat helmet for pilots.
By Richard Tomkins   |   July 16, 2014 at 12:42 PM
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ARLINGTON, Va., July 16 (UPI) -- A new combat helmet for pilots with improved night vision and target tracking capabilities has been introduced by BAE Systems.

The helmet system -- the Striker II Helmet-Mounted Display -- builds upon an earlier helmet model and its technologies are integrated within a visor system.

"As the industry transitions from analogue to digital display solutions, Striker II brings a superior, fully digital capability to multiple platform types," said Joseph Senftle, vice president and general manager for Communications and Controls Solutions at BAE Systems. "Designed to address evolving mission requirements with advanced digital night vision technology, our new HMD was built to be 'future proof' and seamlessly adaptable to technology advancements in the years ahead."

BAE Systems is comprised of a high performance digital night vision camera inside the helmet. The integration reduces g-force effects on the pilot's head. Also included is a binocular visor-projected, which integrates a center-mounted ISIE-11 sensor based on Intevac Photonics' patented advanced imaging sensor technology.

The product's tracking system, which uses a hybrid opto-inertial technology, ensures the pilot's exact head position and the aircraft computer system are continuously synchronized.

"The results are high-precision target tracking and engagement as well as superior situational awareness and mission effectiveness," the company said.

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