F-16 Thales Scorpion helmet vs JHCMS

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Unread post22 Feb 2014, 23:15

Hi all,

The pilot in this photo is wearing the new Thales (ex-Gentex) Scorpion helmet. Any ideas as to where its capabilities sit in relation to the JHMCS and JHMCS II? As far as I understand, this helmet is part of the CUPID upgrade package.


Lt. Col. Scott Walker, F-16 pilot, prepares to take-off from Bagram AB in F-16C block 30 #85-1556 from the 457th FS on February 18th, 2014. Walker is the 495th FG Detachment 93 commander from Homestead AFB. [USAF photo by SrA. Kayla Newman]


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Unread post24 Feb 2014, 18:52

You can check their websites and brochures for details but the basics are that it's better than JHMCS 1 and about the same as JHMCS 2.


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Unread post13 May 2022, 16:11

12th May

Thales is to supply US Air National Guard F-16 Block 40/50 pilots with Scorpion HMDs to replace the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS), under a new contract issued via the NATO Support & Procurement Agency (NSPA).

Scorpion will eventually become ‘the common HMD solution’ for the Air National Guard and USAF Reserve’s fleet of F-16 Block 30/40/50 aircraft, Thales claimed in a 10 May announcement, noting that its HMD is already worn by USAF A-10 pilots.

The NSPA contract ‘will empower NATO customer nations to equip their pilots with Scorpion’s advanced HMD technology’, Thales added.

Claimed to be the world’s first full-colour helmet-mounted display, the Scorpion provides dynamic flight and mission data into line of sight, allowing the pilot to remain head-up and eyes-out with real-time situational awareness.

According to Shephard Defence Insight, full-colour symbology allows matching to colour multifunction display schemes for lower pilot workload and higher safety.

Scorpion also uses a Hybrid Optical-based Inertial Tracker for accuracy, zero latency and jitter-free symbology.

https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/digi ... 16-pilots/
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