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BAE Systems Begins Production of Typhoon Helmet-Mounted Display

18 Jun 2007 | Ref. 182/2007

Rochester, United Kingdom. — BAE Systems has begun production of the head equipment assembly (HEA) for the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to begin early in 2009.

The Typhoon HEA is the first binocular, visor-projected, night-vision-capable helmet-mounted display developed for a fighter aircraft. The helmet’s fully integrated design ensures compatibility of the electro-optics with head protection and life support, and also incorporates a respirator for protection in nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare environments.

“The Typhoon HEA is the most technologically advanced helmet in the defense avionics market,” said Andy Start, managing director for BAE Systems in Rochester. “We believe, it is the safest, most sustainable, and most accurate helmet-mounted display developed to date.”

Using state-of-the-art avionics technology, the Typhoon HEA is capable of providing input to the pilot in daylight, at night, and in adverse weather conditions, and remaining stable under intense g forces. The helmet’s technology also interfaces with the Typhoon’s computer system, allowing the pilot to direct sensors and weapons with a simple turn of the head. The pilot can use the helmet to cue missiles, lock a sensor onto an adversary, or target a particular point on the ground.

During earlier trials, the helmet survived an ejection speed of 600 knots, surpassing the performance of other helmet-mounted displays available today.

About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is a global defence and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services. With 88,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded £13.7 billion pounds sterling (US25.4 billion dollars) in 2006.

For further information, please contact:
John Neilson, BAE Systems
Tel: + 44 (0) 1252 384795 Mob: + 44 (0)7802 337704

Leanne Wells, BAE Systems
Tel: +44 (0)1634 204487 Mob: +44 (0) 7793 420563

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