This IronVision Helmet Can See Through Armor

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IronVision’s 360-degree, high-resolution imagery is projected in full color and zero latency to the wearer's visor, offering a bright and vivid display of the surroundings in both day and night and all types of weather. Photo: Elbit Systems

Elbit will unveil next week at Eurosatory the IronVision, the first Helmet Mounted Display (HMS) designed for crewmembers of combat vehicles. Part of the company’s See-Through Armor (STA) architecture, IronVision is a 360-degree panoramic situational awareness system that enables tank and infantry crewmen to ‘see-through’ their vehicle’s armor in real-time, creating a complete and clear visualization of the battlefield, even under close hatches.

IronVision’s 360-degree, high-resolution imagery is projected in full color and zero latency to the wearer’s visor, offering a bright and vivid display of the surroundings in both day and night and all types of weather.

The helmet support system collects information from different digital sources within and around the vehicle, displays and tracks the positions of various features of interest ranging from a single person standing or crawling several meters near the vehicle to a moving vehicle located 150–300 meters away. By using the helmet, the wearer obtains the complete freedom of movement and can shorten the sensor-to-shooter cycle, all while remaining protected, under closed hatches.

The IronVision fits all types of Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) and Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs).

Elbit Systems IronVision Helmet. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update
Elbit Systems IronVision Helmet. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update

The new HMS is based on the proven sensors and system architecture that is already integrated with thousands of fixed and rotary-wing aircraft HMSs, systems that are being used by most modern air forces worldwide. IronVision incorporates advanced See-Through Armor (STA) technology that lets wearers ‘see through’ the armor of their vehicle to obtain full, real-time, Situational Awareness (SA) through which they can locate, identify and track enemy forces or capabilities.

Through its user-friendly interface, IronVision leverages the digital infrastructure of the vehicle by seamlessly integrating STA technology with existing C4I and warning systems, which creates a powerful cognitive simplifier for the commander, enabling him to make complex situation-dependent decisions within split seconds, and also leads to more freedom and fewer distractions for the driver.