Elbit Systems of America, Fort Worth, TX is among the companies mentioned in an arms sale notification issued by the US Department of Defense which includes the sale of 72 F-15QA Aircraft to Qatar. Elbit share in the giant deal is the sale of 160 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS).
The Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) is a product of RCEVS, a joint venture between Elbit Systems and Rockwell Collins.
The JHMCS provides the pilot with “first look, first shoot” high off-boresight weapons engagement capabilities. The system, also available in a night configuration, enables the pilot to accurately cue onboard weapons and sensors against enemy aircraft and ground targets without the need to aggressively turn the aircraft or place the target in the Head-Up Display (HUD) for designation.
Elbit’s own specs of the F-35 Helmet Mounted Display (HMD), supplied by RCEVS ‒ a joint venture between Elbit Systems and Rockwell Collins ‒ says it provides “critical flight information to the pilot throughout the entire mission.”
“In addition to standard HMD capabilities, such as the extreme off-axis targeting and cueing offered on the legacy JHMCS and the DASH systems, this system fully utilizes the advanced avionics architecture of the F-35. The F-35 HMD delivers video imagery in day or night conditions, combined with precision symbology, to give the pilot unprecedented situational awareness and tactical capability,” an Elbit press release describes the product.
The most exciting feature of the Elbit F-35 HMD is that “by virtue of its precise head- tracking capability and low-latency graphics processing, also provides the pilot with a virtual Head-Up Display (HUD). As a result, the F-35 is the first tactical fighter jet in 50 years to fly without a HUD.”