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Lock-on and fire Eurofighter Typhoon Pilots get new helmet

Discussion in 'Indian Air Force' started by RoYaN, Jan 23, 2011.

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  1. RoYaN

    RoYaN Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    It looks like something out of Star Wars, it performs like something out of Star Trek– and for the fast-jet fighter pilots of the future – it could just make the difference between life and death. Welcome to the Eurofighter Typhoon’s latest weapon – not something slung under the wing – but a system with ‘brains’ that sits on the pilot’s head.

    The ‘Helmet Mounted Symbology System’ designed by BAE Systems, is a highly sophisticated helmet and support system that lets the pilot ‘see’ through the body of the aircraft, giving him a vital advantage when it comes to split-second decision-making.

    Using the new helmet system, the pilot can now look at multiple targets, lock-on to them, and then, by voice-command, prioritise them. It’s a lightning-fast system to let the pilot look, lock-on, and fire.

    The pilot can even do this when looking at targets over the shoulder – or at targets picked up by the radar which is directly underneath the floor of the aircraft.

    This ‘look and shoot’ capability, along with a super-wide field of view gives the Typhoon pilot a 24hour all-weather field of vision.

    The helmet works by having a number of fixed sensors around the cockpit area. As the pilot moves his head, the sensors on his helmet move in relation to the sensors on the aircraft ensuring the aircraft knows exactly where and what he is looking at.

    The imagery projected onto the pilot’s vison gives him information, speed, heading and height and crucially,the precise position of any enemy aircraft or missiles. The imagery remains stable and accurate at all viewing angles, thereby enabling the pilot to take rapid decisions without ever having to take his eyes off the target.

    Mark Bowman, Chief Test Pilot for BAE Systems, said: “This is a major advance in terms of combat capability and is something that gives Typhoon pilots a significant advantage when it comes to air combat.

    There is no doubt in my mind that the Eurofighter Typhoon leads the world in terms of this kind of capability – and this is something that all who have worked on the system can feel extremely proud of. It is a major advance in aviation capability.â€
    “What’s more,†he said “is that the best is still yet to come.â€

    The new helmet system is expected to go into service with the UK’s Royal Air Force this year.
     
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    Will this Helmet will cove with MMRCA if IAF choose EF
     
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    Will this Helmet will come with MMRCA if IAF choose EF
     
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    You can be sure about that.
     
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    is it part of deal if we buy Eurofighter Typhoon
     
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    If India selects Typhoon there is no doubt that the new helmet will be part of the equipment delivered with the aircraft. The HMSS is an essential part of the aircraft's avionics suite/man machine interface. Afaik an HMS was also a requirement for the MMRCA.
     
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    Just to clarify something here...

    This is only a technology in its infancy, meaning it requiers a sensors coverage adequate to cue the weapons out of its own seekers PoV.

    So far no one have managed to cover the full 360X360 bubble and link it to a HMDS, it was only developed to a point where they achieved the world's first firing passed the line of wings by MBDA in 2009.

    This test firing was only demonstrating the potential, but at the moment HMDS relies either on Radar, Weapon Seekersd or A2A capable pods for cueing.

    As for Rafale, it already have a HMDS capability.
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    MBDA is in charge of developing the technologie needed for firing AAMs so if you want news other than commercials, look at their link for press releases.
    Missile systems, defence systems - MBDA missiles

    World FIRST (No news of better since), it's still a POTENTIAL, and depends on sensor coverage, in this case a pod, so far AAM HMD guidance is limited to front sector, within radar or AAM seeker detection range, unless you use a pod capable of A2A targeting.

    Now the REAL 360X360* coverage capability depends on onboard sensors and so far no one have it appart for F-22 and Rafale EW suites.

    You can try to find a test firing proving otherwise until they manage it, some years from now...

    ps: It would be MBDA who would do the test-firing NOT an Eurofighter TV crew...
     
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