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BAE SYSTEMS Begins Flight Trials Of Eurofighter Typhoon Helmet-Mounted Display

29 Mar 2005

ROCHESTER, U.K. -- Flight trials of the BAE Systems Striker helmet-mounted display system have begun on the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. The full development trial sorties marked the first flights of a binocular, visor-projected, night-vision-capable helmet on a fighter aircraft.

Additional trials are planned throughout 2005, and production-ready versions of the helmet will fly in the latter part of 2005 clearing the way for production for Typhoon Tranche 1 and Tranche 2 aircraft.

The successful start of flight trials marks a significant success in the Typhoon helmet program and is a milestone in the development of display helmet technology, said Mike Austill, managing director of Avionic Systems for BAE Systems.

The Typhoon helmet-mounted display is a high-resolution, binocular system driven by powerful processor and graphics modules. Its helmet tracker is a high-speed, high-accuracy, low-latency optical system. The helmet displays virtual head-up display symbology and video imagery from the aircraft sensors and from a helmet-mounted, image-intensified night vision system.

The helmets fully integrated design ensures the compatibility of head protection, life support, and electro-optics, and also incorporates the fully integrated respirator for protection in nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare environments.

Prior to the start of flight trials, the helmet design passed a series of stringent tests, including impact and penetration to U.K. and European standards, 600-plus-knot windblast, and 600-plus-knot ejection. In addition, high g comfort and stability testing has been carried out on BAE Systems helmets supplied for the Hawk trainer aircraft.

About BAE SYSTEMS

BAE Systems is an international company engaged in the development, delivery and support of advanced defence and aerospace systems in the air, on land, at sea and in space. The company designs, manufactures and supports military aircraft, surface ships, submarines, fighting vehicles, radar, avionics, communications, electronics and guided weapon systems. It is a pioneer in technology with a heritage stretching back hundreds of years. It is at the forefront of innovation, working to develop the next generation of intelligent defence systems.

BAE Systems has major operations across five continents and customers in some 130 countries. The company has more than 90,000 people and generates annual sales of over 13 billion through its wholly-owned and joint venture operations.

BAE Systems North America is one of Americas foremost national security, aerospace and information systems companies. It is a leading provider of electronic and information-based systems and knowledge-based solutions that meet its customers mission effectiveness and operational safety needs. BAE Systems North America employs more than 30,000 people at sites across the United States and the United Kingdom and generates more than $5 billion in annual sales.

For further information, please contact:

Larry Stone, BAE Systems
Tel: +1 607 770 3944 Mobile: +1 607 759 2545
lawrence.w.stone@baesystems.com



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