Metronor to provide additional Harmolign Boresight Systems for BAE Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer

Metronor AS has received an order from BAE Systems (Operations) Ltd. for delivery of 4 Harmolign boresight systems for the BAE Systems' Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer. This order brings the total number of 'Harmolign for Hawk' boresight systems ordered to twelve. The HarmoLign System was originally developed under contract with BAE Systems (Operations) Ltd. during 2004-2006. The system is based on Metronor's patented electro-optical technology, and has been designed to provide the most flexible, capable and affordable harmonization system available in the market. Providing on-screen type-specific graphical operator guidance - eliminating the need for operator training - and requiring no scheduled maintenance or calibration, the system has very low life-cycle costs. While the system shares key technology with Metronor's proven range of industrial geometry measurement systems, the Harmolign system has been engineered from the ground up to meet all applicable military standards and requirements. The system can readily and affordably be adapted to a very wide range of weapon system platforms, as well as for alignment of civil aviation sensors/systems. Although originally developed for measurement of roll-, pitch- and yaw offsets only, the system can also be used for accurate determination of position. As such the system provides full 6 degrees of freedom (6-DOF) capability, applicable for alignment/harmonization of optical helmet tracker systems and other weapon system sensors requiring 6-DOF alignments. "This order confirms that Metronor's Harmolign boresight system indeed has become the preferred boresight system for BAE Systems' Hawk series aircraft", says Errol Henriksen, Vice President of Metronor's Military Systems Business Unit. "Metronor's 'Harmolign for Hawk' boresight systems are in use both at the various Hawk production lines and with several Hawk aircraft end users and the Harmolign technology continues to prove its versatility and cost effectiveness", Henriksen adds. In addition to the systems delivered for BAE Systems' Hawk series aircraft, Metronor's Harmolign boresight systems have been adapted and delivered for use with the following weapon system platforms: SAAB Gripen, Lockheed-Martin F-16, Eurofighter ASTA and various Korea Aerospace Industries aircraft and helicopter platforms.

Source: Metronor AS
Date: May 13, 2011