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geogen wrote:Interesting, just read up a little over on the Eurofighter.com site and apparently they are talking about this so-called Helmet Mounted Symbology System (HMSS) HMD with 360 deg SA?
Sounds like it's already operational or at least imminent. Not a bad investment and allocation of funds for a quick off-the-shelf innovation like this, to force-multiply the assets you have. Have to give respects where respects are due, especially to something as apparently game-changing as this system provides.
Helmet Mounted Symbology System (HMSS)
The HMSS provides flight reference data, an energy cue, and weapon aiming through the pilot’s visor this will allow target acquisition and engagement at large off-boresight angles. The helmet also incorporates night vision aids using light intensification and provision for Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) imagery.
geogen wrote:That's a good question, Conan and something I was trying to quickly search on as well before posting - I should have included that as an anecdote. They do seem to claim that off-board SA data could be seen on the HMD for one. RWR info displayed on the helmet would probably be another. And it is implied the radar is actually allowing the 'look through the cockpit floor' SA capability, but I couldn't find which vision-capable MWS-type aperture system would complement the Helmet system's capability. At least it's a good fighter HMD and arguably the best today(?), with potential to grow if they integrate panoramic IR MWS vision capability which is apparently available today. I have to say though, the verbal commanded weapons operation function would seem to be a plus, especially when combined with HOBS missiles and a pilot w/ good head turning abilities in the heat of a fight. Cheers-
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