BAE Systems touts its Q-Warrior helmet

Feb. 20, 2014 at 4:04 PM
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LONDON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- BAE Systems says its newest helmet-mounted display technology for special operations forces is exceeding expectations in U.S. military field testing.

The Q-Warrior helmet, designed and built by the company's electronic systems business in Britain, introduces a high-transmission and high-luminance see-through, high-resolution color, collimated display to allow the use of symbols and video to blend intuitively with the user's view of the world.

"Waypoints, other points of interest and targets can all be displayed overlaid on the real view of what's actually out there," BAE Systems said.

"Q-Warrior increases the user's situational awareness by providing the potential to display 'eyes-out' information to the user, including textual information, warnings and threats," Paul Wright, soldier systems' business development lead at BAE Systems' electronic systems division said. "Other key features include enhanced night vision, waypoints and routing information, and the ability to track both personnel and assets.

"The biggest demand, in the short term at least, will be in roles where the early adoption of situational awareness technology offers a defined advantage. This is likely to be within non-traditional military units with reconnaissance roles, such as forward air controllers/joint tactical aircraft controllers or with special forces during counter-terrorist tasks."

BAE Systems said the Q-Warrior helmet builds upon technologies developed for the company's Q-Sight range of display.

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