The UK Ministry of Defence has signed a 40-million pound ($49.5 million) contract with BAE Systems to produce Striker II Digital Helmet-Mounted Displays for Royal Air Force Typhoon pilots.
The Striker II is BAE’s “most advanced” helmet, combining all-digital night vision systems and daylight-readable color display technology.
It projects information directly onto the attached visor and can utilize augmented reality or AR to obtain vital information from real-world scenarios.
Furthermore, the helmet interoperates with high-resolution sensor systems such as distributed aperture systems to let pilots see through the body of the aircraft.
Under the contract, the company was tasked with fabricating the Striker II’s capability before initial production.
Helmets developed under this tranche will support integrated flight assessments and related tests in Warton, Lancashire.
“Striker II will provide the RAF’s Typhoon pilots with a crucial advantage – offering unrivalled situational awareness from the cockpit while helping to avoid sensory overload, which is vital in a high-tech and fast-paced environment,” BAE Systems Managing Director Andrea Thompson stated.
“This contract will enable our electronics and combat air experts to work together to develop the helmet to further enhance the critical role Typhoon pilots play in round-the-clock defence and security of our nation.”
BAE’s Latest Typhoon Projects
The UK awarded BAE Systems a $1.1-billion contract in July to upgrade the radar capability of the Royal Air Force’s Typhoon jet.
Last November, BAE received a $90.5-million contract to expand avionics support for the fleet.
In May of the same year, the company introduced a new, lightweight heads-up display for both military and commercial aircraft.