the F-35 has no HUD, providing virtual HUD capability has become
a mandatory requirement, entailing precise head tracking and
display operation near zero latency. We are proud to be a key
partner to the F-35 industrial and government team," said
VSI President Drew Brugal.
The HMDS provides critical flight information to the pilot
throughout the entire mission. In addition to standard HMD capabilities,
such as extreme off-axis targeting and cueing offered on VSI's
other HMDs, Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) and Display
& Sight Helmet (DASH), this system fully utilizes the advanced
avionics architecture of the F-35.
The HMDS has been in development for five years and recently
completed all required safety of flight tests, allowing in-flight
seat ejections up to 450 KEAS (knots equivalent air speed).
It has demonstrated
structural integrity to 600 KEAS as a critical risk mitigation
step towards full flight certification.
Principal suppliers include Elbit Systems Ltd. (ESL), which
provides the Display Management Computer for the Helmet that
contains advanced graphic processing and head tracking; Rockwell
Collins, which builds the Helmet Mounted Display, including
advanced optical design; and Helmet Integrated Systems Ltd.
(HISL) of the United Kingdom, providing the helmet shell and
pilot personal fitting system.