Elbit Enhances Situational Awareness for F-16 Pilots

Elbit Systems of America, LLC, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, is a global leader in aircraft Helmet Mounted Displays (HUDs) and situational awareness. On September 12-14, Elbit Systems of America will highlight proven solutions during this year's F-16 and Proven Aircraft Technical Coordination Group World Wide Review. Visit booth #1 at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden, Utah to see innovative technologies in Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) systems, HUDs and trusted sustainment and support solutions.

For over 20 years, Elbit Systems of America has integrated various advanced systems into the F-16 and through its RCEVS joint venture with Rockwell Collins is the main provider of Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS) and HMDs worldwide.

"The combat proven and robust design of the JHMCS makes our HMD the global solution of choice for F-16 pilots. Currently, over 20 countries are flying F-16 fighter aircraft equipped with Elbit Systems of America's JHMCS capabilities." commented Chris Hickey, vice president Sustainment and Support of Elbit Systems of America.

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The HMD solutions provide accurate cueing of targeting systems and tactical information wherever pilots look versus the field of view limitations of a traditional HUD. This proven technology is part of what keeps the F-16 relevant on today's battlefield.

As the F-16 evolves, so does the JHMCS. One important modification Elbit Systems of America offers through the RCEVS joint venture is the addition of the JHMCS Digital Eye Piece (DEP). The DEP provides pilots the same cueing and display symbology used in the daytime while using night vision devices. The DEP attaches to existing JHMCS HMDs with no required aircraft modifications and gives pilots the ability to transition from day to night or night to day simply and quickly, either before flight or while airborne.

Elbit Systems of America also offers a wide array of logistics, sustainment, modernization, and upgrade solutions to domestic and international F-16 fleets. One improvement of note is the reliability and maintainability upgrade to the aircraft's Wide Angle Conventional Head-Up Display (WAC HUD) and Diffractive Optical Holographic (DOH) HUDs. Each HUD takes critical flight and mission data normally displayed inside the cockpit instrument panel and projects the information on a transparent surface directly in front of the pilot.  The total system provides pilots a sharper image when conducting targeting operations.

"We have delivered over 1200 F-16 HUD reliability and maintainability upgrades and, as systems evolve, Elbit Systems of America provides trusted sustainment and support solutions to customers worldwide." Hickey continues. Currently, Elbit Systems of America's reliability and maintainability upgraded HUD is approved for use on F-16 Blocks 30, 40, and 50.

Source: Elbit Systems Ltd.
Date: Sep 12, 2016