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6 novembre 2015 5 06 /11 /novembre /2015 17:30
Electronic Weapons: Transparent Armor

 

November 3, 2015: Strategy Page

 

Israel and the United States have developed a new VR (Virtual Reality) feature that enables pilots and armored vehicle crew to look through any part of the aircraft or vehicle to see what is outside. This was first applied to the "look and shoot" helmet displays used by F-35, F-15, F-16, Eurofighter Typhoon and F-18 pilots. F-35s are getting the latest model (the U.S.–Israeli HMDS, Helmet-Mounted Display System) of these smart helmets and that will include the new VR feature. These new helmets can display graphics in real time and the VR feature enables the helmet display to show what is beneath the aircraft (via cameras on the fuselage beneath the cockpit) when the pilot looks down with this VR feature turned on. This can be very useful in combat, ground attack or simply landing. This feature proved particularly effective when operating at night. HMDS is also closely integrated with the very capable F-35 avionics and thus will enable to the F-35 to be the first modern jet without a standard HUD (mounted above the cockpit instruments in front of the pilot).

 

The ground vehicle version takes advantage of the fact that a growing number of vehicles have numerous day/night vision vidcams mounted on the outside. These allow the crew to look at a display and switch between different cameras. That can take time. Even if it’s only a few seconds that can be too long in combat. Thus some or all the people in the vehicle can be equipped with a monocle or goggles that use the VR feature. The monocle is useful if the VR system in the vehicle does not have the data display feature. This is standard in modern pilot helmet visors. This VR capability is believed to be more useful for crews of armored vehicles where there is a lot more going on outside the vehicle that is the case with aircraft.

 

Other features the armored vehicle monocle or tablet will adapt from pilot helmets is the "look and shoot" helmet displays that include information displayed on the visor and sensors in the helmet. This enables the pilot to look at the target (either another aircraft, or something on the ground) and fire a weapon (missile) that will go after the target being looked at. Recent upgrades allow the pilot to also put "head up display" (HUD) information on the helmet visor visual system. This is a big advantage in air combat, where it's always been a problem having to look down at some display or instrument reading, and take your eyes off the surrounding air space. This makes it safer for pilots (especially when flying on the deck, at high speed) and in combat. Another recent enhancement allows each pilot to customize what information is shown on their helmet visor. A tank or IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) crew could use the same tech, especially for the remotely controlled weapons on the turret or even the main gun of a tank.

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29 juillet 2015 3 29 /07 /juillet /2015 12:20
F-35 Gen III Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS) - Rockwell Collins

F-35 Gen III Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS) - Rockwell Collins

 

29 juil 2015 par Morgan - ubergizmo.com

 

Quand on achète un casque de moto plusieurs centaines d'euros, on est en droit d'attendre une certaine qualité, et surtout un bon niveau de sécurité. Et quand on achète un casque à 400 000$ ? On pourrait s'attendre à pouvoir voir à travers les murs, non ? Précisément !

 

Ce casque à 400 000$ (360 000€) minimum, c’est le F-35 Gen III Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS), conçu tout spécialement pour fonctionner avec l’avion de chasse F-35 Lightning II. C’est Rockwell Collins qui fut chargé de la conception de ce casque. Équipé, comme son nom l’indique, d’un système d’affichage tête haute permettant au pilote d’avoir des informations critiques – altitude, vitesse du vent, cible, avertissements divers, etc – toujours à portée de vue, il permet aussi de voir à l’extérieur comme s’il n’y avait pas la carlingue…

 

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3 juillet 2014 4 03 /07 /juillet /2014 16:50
Rockwell Collins showcasing F-35 Lightning II HMDS at Farnborough Airshow 2014

 

Jul 2, 2014 ASDNews Source : Rockwell Collins

 

    MultiScan ThreatTrack Weather Radar, EVS-3000 Enhanced Vision System and HeliSure Situational Awareness system on display for first time at Farnborough

 

In celebration of the F-35 making its international debut, the Rockwell Collins ESA Vision Systems F-35 Lightning II Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS) will be in the spotlight at the Farnborough Airshow 2014.

 

The F-35 HMDS provides pilots with unprecedented situational awareness. All the information that pilots need to complete their missions – through all weather, day or night – is projected on the helmet’s visor, an industry first. In addition, real-time imagery streamed from six infrared cameras mounted around the aircraft to the helmet, allows pilots to “look through” the airframe.

 

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10 septembre 2013 2 10 /09 /septembre /2013 11:30
photo Niitek

photo Niitek

Sep 10, 2013 ASDNews Source : Chemring Group PLC

 

NIITEK®, Inc., a subsidiary of the Chemring Group PLC ("Chemring"), and now Chemring Sensors & Electronic Systems (CSES) announced today that the Turkish Army has made a purchase of the two-operator Husky Mine Detection System (HMDS) to lead its route clearance patrols and provide minefield clearance capability. The NIITEK® HMDS is a multi-panel high-performance Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) system which functions on manned, blast resistant vehicles that provide rapid ability to scope out anti-vehicular landmines and other explosive hazards on main supply routes and additional open areas as needed. This is Turkey’s first acquisition of the HMDS and represents a critical enhancement in the mine and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detection, interrogation, and clearance capabilities for the Turkish military. The NIITEK® Ground Penetrating Radar is now in use with the U.S., Canadian, Australian, and Spanish Militaries.

 

This equipment is a significant leap forward in Turkish Army mine detection capability. Three of the four two-seat variant Husky 2G vehicles sold to Turkey feature the NIITEK® Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and the fourth Husky 2G features a robotic arm. Additionally, the Turkish Army procured two R-VISOR robots mounted on the QinetiQ TALON® featuring a NIITEK® GPR and Metal Detector. The robots clear footpaths as well as areas not accessible to the much larger HMDS. Delivery was completed August 2013 in Turkey. The contract includes installation, training, and logistics support. NIITEK®, along with its partners Critical Solutions International (CSI), sales lead for the Husky 2G manufactured in South Africa, and IPA Defence, a Turkish based company as the main contractor in this project, representing NIITEK® & CSI and QinetiQ North America, received the order in May 2013.

 

“We have been working closely with IPA and CSI to assist the Turkish Government establish an enhanced route and area clearance capability because of the threats that exist on their southern borders; we look to further support this capacity as it is established across their military.” said Tom Thebes, CSES Acting President. “The NIITEK® GPR is a critical component in the war against mines and IEDs and this award represents a significant step in supporting the international Counter-IED mission and the ultimate goal of saving lives.”

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1 juin 2013 6 01 /06 /juin /2013 11:35
Husky Mounted Detection System at Fort McCoy. Photo by Tom Michele US Army

Husky Mounted Detection System at Fort McCoy. Photo by Tom Michele US Army

May 31, 2013 Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times 

 

The May 25 Maoist attack using a 25-kg explosive device in Darba has added impetus to the UPA government's plan to acquire state-of-the-art ground penetration radars from the US to detect buried improvised explosive devices (IEDs ) in low-intensity conflict zones.

 

The acquisition of ultra wide band microwave radars, which can detect a seven-feet underground IED, was discussed during the Indo-US homeland security dialogue last week, home ministry sources said. "Washington is more than willing to sell the high-tech radars to New Delhi for use by security forces," they added. Delegates to the meeting were led by home minister Sushilkumar Shinde and his American counterpart Janet Napolitano.

 

While Indian para-military forces still use hand-held metal detectors or mine sweepers to open roads for traffic in insurgency-affected zones, the US radar -- mounted on an IED-proof vehicle (like Husky or Stryker) -- scans the road ahead, jams the device's frequency and gives a 3D picture of the buried ordnance.

 

The US GPR, developed after a billion-dollar research, has successfully tackled IEDs in Afghanistan and Iraq. "The GPR will be extremely effective in areas afflicted by the left-wing extremists as Maoists typically bury huge IEDs under the roads and trigger them off through remote or wire detonation. The IED used in the May 25 attack was made of ammonium nitrate and hidden under the road," a senior ministry official said.

 

It is learnt that New Delhi will acquire these radars through the foreign direct military sales route after the radar's trials in Indian conditions. Two Virginia-based companies are market leaders in the segment and have supplied IED detection radars to the US Army.

 

The US is also willing to supply port scanners so that explosives and nuclear , biological or chemicals weapons do not make their way disguised as imports into India. This hi-tech equipment, which can scan a truck at one go, will be housed at major ports across the country.

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7 décembre 2011 3 07 /12 /décembre /2011 17:50

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The Archer Z-150 Helmet-Mounted Display System as

launched by Carl Zeiss Optronics at the LIMA2011 show

in Malaysia today.

 

07 December 2011 by defenceWeb

 

Carl Zeiss Optronics (CZ0) has launched a new version of its Helmet Mounted Display and Sighting System that can be utilised by aircrew flying fixed-wing aircraft or helicopters. The Archer Z-150 was unveiled at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA 2011) in Malaysia today.

 

“The Archer Z-150 is based on our combat-proven system that is already used by a number of air forces around the world,” says Ben Ash, CZO's South African-based Executive Business Development Manager of CZO. “It is a cost-effective solution because it can be configured to fit onto most standard helmets worn by pilots and aircrew.”

 

South Africa pioneered the research and development of Helmet Mounted Display Systems (HMDS) in the 1970s and the SA Air Force was the first to fly helmet- mounted sights operationally. With a HMDS systems, all flight and mission data can be projected on a helmet-mounted display. The system follows the head movements of the pilot providing him with the ability to react and make mission-critical decisions within a fraction of a second.

 

In addition, information on the aircraft’s performance – such as airspeed and altitude – is also displayed, enabling the pilot to keep his head up and eliminating the need to look around in the cockpit. CZO says it has been leading the world in new product development and innovations in this field over the past three decades. CZO is part of Carl Zeiss Optronics, the Security and Defence division of the Carl Zeiss Group, global leaders in the manufacturing of optronics, optical and precision engineering products for military and civilian applications.

 

Ash says the LIMA 2011 exhibition is an important platform for CZO to demonstrate the quality of its products to existing and potential clients in the Asia-Pacific region. “Over the past 22 years LIMA has grown into one of the world’s premier aerospace exhibitions, bringing together key decision-makers in both the defence and civilian sectors,” he says.

 

HMDS are increasingly being used in non-military environments, says Frans Vermaak, responsible for the marketing and sales of airborne systems at CZO. This includes search-and-rescue operations, coastal patrols, fire fighting and the monitoring of high voltage electricity networks.

 

Archer Z-150 consists of two subsystems - a helmet-mounted display (HMD) and optical head tracking system (OHTS) configured to fit onto standard aircrew helmets. The entire system only adds approximately 600 grammes to the weight of the helmet.

 

The OHTS used in Archer Z-150 have been designed and manufactured at CZO’s facilities in South Africa.

 

CZO in a statement says Archer Z-150 provides high accuracy, low latency in-flight tracking of helmet orientation and position. “This is essential for slaving weapon systems and sensors while displaying stabilised symbols and images on the HMD. Information is relayed to the display within a few milliseconds and inflight accuracies of a few milliradians are achieved.”

 

The Archer Z-150 uses holographic optical waveguide display technology offering exceptional display performance and seamless night vision compatibility. Vermaak says that cockpit mapping and harmonisation of the HMDS is a one-off exercise and no calibration is required. Depending on the requirements of the client, between one and four miniature sensors are installed in the cockpit together with a processor unit that is integrated with the aircraft’s computer.

Installation and calibration of the HMDS can be completed within two hours. The unique data is stored on the HMDS and units can be replaced on the flight-line without the requirement to re-harmonise the HMDS.

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