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2014 Tradeshows and Exhibitions
July 14– 21
- Tailhook – The Tailhook National Association Reunion
September 5 – 8, Reno NV
- Air Force Association, Air and Space Conference
September 16 – 18, Gaylord National Hotel, National Harbour, MD
- WEPTAC - Air Combat Command Weapons and Tactics Conference
VSI to Enhance Royal Danish Air Force’s F-16 Night-Attack Capability. RDAF becomes VSI’s first international NVCD-ANVIS customer
SAN JOSE, (September 26, 2012)—Vision Systems International (VSI), LLC, a world leader in advanced Helmet Mounted Displays (HMDs), has been awarded a contract from the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) to provide its Night Vision Cueing and Display-Aviator’s Night Vision Imaging Systems (NVCD-ANVIS) technology, the night module for the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS).
“We are extremely proud of this award from the Royal Danish Air Force, which is a continuation of the 12-year-long strategic relationship and look forward to the successful implementation of this new operational capability,” said VSI President Phil King. The RDAF will use VSI’s NVCD-ANVIS to enhance its F-16 night-attack capability, for both air-to-air and air-to-ground operations. The RDAF is VSI’s first international customer for the NVCD-ANVIS technology.
VSI’s NVCD-ANVIS technology, which enables night-time target acquisition capabilities through the display of JHMCS targeting cues and aircraft performance parameters directly on the Night Vision
Goggles image, allows 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 a Head-Up Display (HUD) field-of-view for designation. The use of the NVCD-ANVIS necessitates no changes to the JHMCS, or to the aircraft’s hardware or software.
NVCD-ANVIS capabilities were successfully proven in four flight demonstration sessions, one of them in Denmark. “RDAF F-16 pilots demonstrated the efficient integration of NVGs with JHMCS during 300 hours of flight operations over Libya during their participation in Unified Protector 2011,” said a RDAF spokesperson at the time, “The tactical information and situational awareness was outstanding.”
“NVCD-ANVIS answers an urgent operational requirement for international JHMCS users. Its ease of operation and straight-forward installation makes it a natural extension for current JHMCS users,” said King.
Boeing Integrates Next-Gen Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System on Silent Eagle
ST. LOUIS, July 30, 2012 - Boeing [NYSE: BA] recently validated the integration of the next-generation Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System II/h (JHMCS II/h) on the company’s F-15 Silent Eagle demonstrator aircraft, continuing the on-schedule development of this advanced multi-role jet fighter.
The JHMCS II/h allows a pilot to aim sensors and weapons wherever he or she is looking, through the use of new head-tracking technology and a display projected onto the helmet’s visor. Produced by Vision Systems International (VSI), this system provides significantly improved ergonomics and reliability, at lower cost, than VSI’s prior JHMCS system.
A recent flight in St. Louis demonstrated the system’s enhancements and collected baseline data for the head-tracking technology.
“Both pilots who flew with the JHMCS II/h system immediately noticed that the helmet was more balanced and the smaller, lighter interface cable was less restrictive,” said Greg Hardy, Boeing JHMCS program manager.
The new head-tracking technology is significantly easier to maintain while requiring less support equipment than previous trackers. Electronics enhancements enable all processing to be done within the helmet, eliminating most aircraft-mounted equipment, which also contributes to the system’s overall cost savings.
The system provides an easy transition in flight between day and night modes, greatly increasing mission flexibility. VSI also used maturing display and tracking technologies to reduce the complexity of integrating the JHMCS II/h system on an aircraft, an approach that was validated during the demonstration.
“Integrating this enhanced system onto the Silent Eagle took less than three months between ‘go-ahead’ and first flight,” said Hardy. “This timeline was achievable because of the dedication of the industry team, the simplicity of the physical and logical integration, and the long history Boeing and VSI share on the JHMCS program.”
“Technology advancements are reshaping the military helmet-mounted display market,” said Phil King, president of VSI. “The rapid validation of the maturity and effectiveness of several such technologies in this demonstration program has shown that we can meet and exceed the performance baselines established by the extremely successful legacy JHMCS design while also providing new capabilities and reducing cost to the customer.”
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VSI to Showcase World’s Most Advanced Helmet Mounted Display Technologies at 2012 Farnborough Air Show
SAN JOSE, CA, July 5, 2012 - Vision Systems International (VSI), LLC, the leading developer of Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) technologies for tactical aircraft, will showcase at the Farnborough Air Show three of world’s most advanced HMD systems, including the company’s F-35 GEN II HMD, Targo™ HMD and its Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS).
Visitors to Farnborough Show, July 9-13, will have an opportunity to learn about all three HMD systems and other VSI technologies at Booth B15, Hall 2. In addition, VSI plans to offer selected guests and business partners an opportunity to see and feel what fighter pilots experience when donning the helmets, via a simulated demo of HMDS capabilities.
Earlier this year, VSI announced a $32 million contract for the delivery of its JHMCS technology to Boeing Company for U.S. and Foreign Military Sales (FMS). JHMCS was VSI’s first combat-proven helmet and it remains the world’s leading helmet display for fixed-wing tactical aircraft.
Last fall, Lockheed Martin Aerospace awarded VSI two additional phases in the development of the HMD system for the F-35, enabling VSI to enhance the F-35 HMDS currently in production for the 5th generation Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.
Targo™ is VSI’s low-cost, low-integration solution for light attack, airlift and trainer aircraft. The system is designed for any required level of integration, from an autonomous training system to full-up integrated helmet display.
Each VSI technology is developed as a system. A critical part of the company’s success is its ability to integrate its technologies with specific aircraft systems. VSI works closely with its partners during the integration phase and throughout the system service life to provide full capabilities and optimum performance.
As the only combat-proven helmet mounted displays for fixed-wing aircraft, VSI systems fly on the F/A-18, F-15, F-16 and the F-35. In addition, the company’s JHMCS technology has been selected by more than 20 international air forces.
Founded in 1996, VSI is a joint venture between Elbit Systems of America, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: ESLT) and Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL). VSI has produced more than 4,500 joint helmet mounted cueing systems (JHMCS) for the F-15, F-16 and F/A-18 aircraft. VSI is under contract to deliver Night Vision Cueing and Display Systems (NVCD) to the US Air Force and Navy, and the Fifth Generation HMDS for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Additionally, VSI produces JHMCS II HMDs for multiple aviation platforms including fighters, light attack, military airlift and trainers. www.fighterhelmets.com
Vision Systems International Awarded a Contract valued at approximately $32 Million to Supply Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS) to The Boeing Company
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 9, 2012 - Vision Systems International, LLC (VSI), a leader in advanced Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) technology, has received a new contract with a total value of more than $32 million for the delivery of the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) to The Boeing Company for the U.S. Navy and Air Force, and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to include: Finland, Australia, Belgium, Canada, and Switzerland.
Under these production contracts, VSI will provide JHMCS including spares, technical support and ground support equipment for the Full Rate Production - Lot 8 (FRP-8) acquisitions. This procurement fulfills U.S. government domestic requirements and FMS production and spares commitments to a number of countries operating F-16 and F/A-18 aircrafts. Deliveries under FRP-8 will commence this year and continue through 2013.
“JHMCS, our first combat proven helmet, remains the world’s leading helmet display for fixed-wing tactical aircraft. It is known and respected by fighter-attack pilots around the world because it enables them to maintain ‘eyes out’ while viewing critical information on the helmet visor. JHMCS gives pilots unparalleled situational awareness, providing them a significant advantage in both air-to-air and air-to-ground mission execution,” said Phil King, president of VSI.
The JHMCS provides the pilot with “first look, first shot” high off-boresight weapons engagement capabilities. The system 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) field-of-view for designation. Critical information and symbology, such as targeting cues and aircraft performance parameters, are graphically displayed directly on the pilot’s visor.
“No other company can match VSI’s knowledge and understanding of HMDS technology. VSI continues to be an innovator and leader in our field. We have been developing and producing combat-proven HMDS for more than 15 years and have sold more than 5,000 HMDS,” continued King.
About VSI: Founded in 1996, VSI is a joint venture between Elbit Systems of America, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: ESLT) and Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL). VSI has produced more than 4,500 joint helmet mounted cueing systems (JHMCS) for the F-15, F-16 and F/A-18 aircraft. VSI is under contract to deliver Night Vision Cueing and Display Systems (NVCD) to the US Air Force and Navy, and the Fifth Generation HMDS for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. . Additionally, VSI produces JHMCS II HMDs for multiple aviation platforms including fighters, light attack, military airlift and trainers.
VSI awarded $19.8 million contract by Joint Program Office for U.S. Air Force - U.S. Navy Night Vision Cueing Display systems
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 28, 2012 —Vision Systems International (VSI), a leader in advanced Helmet Mounted Displays (HMDs) for tactical aircraft, has been awarded a $19.8 million contract for the delivery and engineering support of Night Vision Cueing Display (NVCD) systems. Under this recently awarded NVCD LRIP-2 contract, VSI is expected to deliver 100 NVCD systems by November 2013.
“With this award, additional front line U.S. pilots will have access to technology that delivers Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System capability to night missions,” said VSI President Phil King. VSI’s NVCD technology will be integrated into all domestic Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) platforms for use aboard U.S. Air Force F-15, F-16, and Navy F/A-18 JHMCS-equipped aircraft.
This new contract is an extension to a $3.8 million NVCD LRIP-2 logistics contract awarded to VSI in September 2011. Under the LRIP-2 contract VSI is modifying the HMD test set to accommodate additional NVCD capability as well as providing support.
“Our ability to see solutions where others may see barriers is what keeps VSI on the vanguard of providing advanced HMDs for tactical aircraft. We look forward to a successful delivery and continued engineering support to both Air Force and Navy forces,” said King.
About VSI: Founded in 1996, VSI is a joint venture between Elbit Systems of America, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: ESLT) and Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL). VSI has produced more than 4,500 joint helmet mounted cueing systems (JHMCS) for the F-15, F-16 and F/A-18 aircraft. VSI is under contract to deliver Night Vision Cueing and Display Systems (NVCD) to the US Air Force and Navy, and the Fifth Generation HMDS for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Additionally, VSI produces the Targo® HMDs for multiple aviation platforms including fighters, light attack, military airlift and trainers.
VSI Welcomes Phil King
SAN JOSE, Calif., (Jan. 23, 2012)– Vision Systems International (VSI), a leader in advanced Helmet Mounted Display Systems for tactical aircraft, has appointed Philip King as president.
Phil King will replace Drew Brugal as the senior executive at VSI, reporting to the company’s board, which has representatives of the two parent companies — Rockwell Collins and Elbit Systems.
Prior to joining VSI, King held a variety of management and leadership positions at McDonnell-Douglas/Boeing over a 26-year career. He also managed the Joint Helmet Mounting Cueing System program for six years, from its inception to early 2011, and is considered one of the “Founding Fathers” of the program. King began working on helmet displays in 1986 with the original Kaiser Electronics Agile Eye.
Prior to Boeing, King served 13 years as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, flying the F-4, O-2A (FAC), and the F-15. He also served in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1988 to 2005, assigned to the Naval Air System Command.
Originally from Cleveland, King earned both a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University and Florida Institute of Technology.
“Phil King brings to VSI unparalleled experience in helmet-mounted display systems, from the viewpoint of both user and developer, and we are fortunate to have an executive of his caliber on the VSI team,” said Dave Nieuwsma, vice president and general manager of Airborne Solutions for Rockwell Collins.
“We are pleased to have Phil King as the next leader of VSI. Phil provides VSI with the leadership necessary to maintain customer satisfaction and grow the helmet mounted display systems business for Rockwell Collins and Elbit Systems,” said Raanan Horowitz, president and chief executive officer of Elbit Systems of America.