Typhoon pilots will soon enjoy the latest helmet technology.
July 23: The UK’s Royal Air Force, the Spanish Air Force, Italian Air Force and German Luftwaffe have begun taking delivery of Helmet Mounted Symbology System (HMSS) to be fitted to the Eurofighter Typhoon.
Eurofighter says that “the HMSS significantly improves tactical performance for pilots by providing essential flight and weapon aiming information through line of sight imagery. Information imagery includes aircraft’s flight parameters, weapons status and aiming all projected on the HEA (Helmet Equipment Assembly) visor, thereby enabling the pilot to simultaneously look out in any direction (head out) and have all required flight and weapon aiming information always in his field of vision.”
Developed and manufactured by BAE Systems, the HMSS reduces pilot workload and increases the weapon envelope in combat situations by the pilot being able to instantly designate targets with full head movement, reducing the need for in-cockpit switch selection and aircraft manoeuvring, exploiting high off-boresight missiles such as IRIS-T and ASRAAM.
Weighing just 2kg, the new helmet is similar to other contemporary non-HMSS helmets and enables full operation up to +9G. BAE Systems test pilot Nat Makepeace is wearing the new helmet during his daily air display at this year’s Farnborough Airshow.
As well as the new helmet, Eurofighter announced that it and Euroradar have begun full-scale development of an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar with a projected in-service date of 2015.