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Elbit Systems to Equip IAF Blackhawk and CH 53 Helicopters With Advanced Helmet Mounted Systems

4th November 2008 - 10:34 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Elbit Systems Ltd. announced it has been awarded a contract to supply ANVIS/HUD systems for the Israeli Air Force Blackhawk ("Yanshuf") and CH 53 ("Yasur") helicopters. The project, in an amount not material to Elbit Systems, is scheduled to be completed within 2009.

The new Head-up Display systems will enable the helicopter pilot to fly "head out of the cockpit", day & night, while having all the flight data projected onto the helmet. This new feature is crucial as it allows the pilot to perform missions successfully, ensuring high situational awareness and safety. The systems' contribution to flight safety is mostly significant in extreme night and weather conditions, in operational flights and during low visibility landings (LVL).

Furthermore, this is the first time Elbit Systems is implementing the new ANVIS/HUD(R) feature Line of Sight (LOS) for use in utility helicopters. This feature allows correlation with the pilot's line of sight and designation of waypoints on the navigation system in real-time, such as targets, threats and intelligence. Additionally, the system improves pilot coordination by allowing each crew member to track the other's line of sight, eliminating the need for verbal communication between the crew.

Yoram Shmueli, Joint General Manager of Elbit Systems' Aerospace Division, said: "We see the Israeli Ministry of Defense as a key client, and we are very proud of being able to contribute to the safety and air superiority of Israel Air Force pilots."

Elbit Systems is a worldwide leader in the head-up display market, and has delivered to date over 6,000 ANVIS/HUD(R) systems to various helicopter types.

Elbit Systems' innovative Line of Sight (LOS) system is suitable for both attack and tactical transport helicopters and has already been supplied to several customers worldwide.

About Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of defense-related programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance ("C4ISR"), unmanned air vehicle (UAV) systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, airborne warning systems, ELINT systems, data links and military communications systems and radios. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing military platforms and developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial aviation applications.


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