Lockheed Martin has selected BAE Systems-UK to supply a night vision goggle helmet-mounted display (NVG HMD) system for the U.S. F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
The NVG HMD is to incorporate the latest Q-SIGHT waveguide display and detachable night vision goggles for night operations, according to BAE Systems. The system is also to incorporate an optical head tracking system for precise weapons delivery and carrier- and land-based operations.
The F-35 is revolutionizing the way information is collected and presented to the pilot, and the NVG HMD’s precise optics and head tracker combination enables F-35 weapons delivery, navigation, landing and aircraft management under all flight regimes, BAE Systems says. In addition, the HMD’s modular design allows for a path to binocular visor-projected displays, alternate image sources and night vision cameras, depending on customer requirements and program needs.
“The NVG HMD will enable all aspects of flight operations and it allows us to build on our long history of successful development programs with Lockheed Martin on the F-35, F-16 and F-22 programs,” said Jim Garceau, vice president and general manager of defense avionics for BAE Systems.
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is designed to replace the U.S. F-16, A-10, F/A-18 and AV-8B tactical fighter aircraft, as well as fighter aircraft in participating NATO countries. It comes in three variants, the F-35A, conventional take off and landing version; the F-35B, short-take off and vertical-landing version; and the F-35C, carrier-based version.
BAE Systems said it will begin delivery of test assets in 2012 to support the F-35 development and integration laboratories, flight simulators and flight-test platforms.