Elbit to aid two NATO nations with night vision imaging HUDs

 - June 20, 2007, 10:45 AM

Israel’s Elbit Systems (Chalet A332) has won contracts to supply its aviator’s night vision imaging system/head-up display (ANVIS/HUD) for the helicopters of two more as yet undisclosed NATO countries.

The ANVIS/HUDs have already been in use with the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy/ Marine Corps since the mid-1990s, being installed on platforms such as the UH-60, CH-53, CH-47, AH-1, UH-1, V-22, Super Puma and Cougar. Elbit has equipped around 5,000 helicopters of 20 different nations with the system.

A similar system has been developed by Elbit’s U.S. subsidiary, VSI, for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), with tests having been carried out by JSF prime contractor Lockheed Martin “in recent weeks,” said Elbit.

In effect the systems allow pilots to fly “head out of the cockpit,” said the Haifa-based defense electronics company. Yoram Shmuely, corporate vice president and general manager of Elbit Systems’ Airborne and Helmet Systems Division, said, “The selection of our systems attests to our leadership in the field. The ANVIS/HUS was developed to allow NATO pilots to safely and effectively execute their various missions in both day and night conditions.”