RCEVS, the World Leading HMD Developer, Celebrates: Rockwell Collins and Elbit Systems of America's Joint Venture, RCEVS, Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

Jul 07, 2016, 13:03 ET from Elbit Systems of America

FORT WORTH, Texas, July 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Providing pilots unmatched visual capability with F-35 Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS). 

Thousands of Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) HMDs delivered across the world for F-15, F-16 and F/A-18 advanced cockpits. 

Based on the legacy of its parent companies, Elbit Systems of America and Rockwell Collins, RCEVS continues to develop and introduce innovative products to the fixed-wing fighters' community, adding capabilities and increasing safety. 

Elbit Systems of America and Rockwell Collins recently marked the 20th anniversary of their highly successful Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) joint venture in a special board meeting in Fort Worth, Texas.

"Today we celebrate the partnership of two of the world's top avionic systems providers," commented Elbit Systems of America's President and Chief Executive Officer Raanan Horowitz. "The incredible synergy created by this combination has resulted in RCEVS becoming the worldwide leader in HMD solutions for military fixed-wing aircraft."

Since forming the joint venture in 1996 to provide helmet mounted displays for fixed-wing military aircraft, Rockwell Collins ESA Vision Systems LLC (RCEVS), has delivered thousands of Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) HMDs across the world for F-15, F-16 and F/A-18 advanced cockpits.

RCEVS' success with JHMCS led to its selection as HMD provider for F-35 with hundreds of systems delivered to date. The F-35 HMD gives F-35 pilots unsurpassed situational awareness by displaying critical flight information and sensor video throughout the entire mission. The HMD serves as the virtual Head-Up Display (HUD), enabling the F-35 to become the first tactical fighter in 50 years without a traditional HUD.

"Over the course of the past two decades we've witnessed significant changes in our industry and dramatic technological advancements that are evolving the future of flight," said Phil Jasper, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Government Systems for Rockwell Collins. "But the one constant that has remained in our partnership with Elbit is our shared purpose to help pilots around the world be successful in their missions."

The RCEVS HMD is the primary pilot interface to the complex F-35 weapon system and is included on every F-35. To date, hundreds have been delivered to F-35 prime contractor, Lockheed Martin, for use by multiple countries. RCEVS continues to work closely with Lockheed Martin and the F-35 users to improve the F-35 HMDS features, including weight reductions, processing enhancement and reliability improvement.

RCEVS JHMCS HMDs are flying with more than 20 air forces around the world. These provide accurate cueing of targeting systems wherever the pilot looks versus the traditional HUD which is limited to a narrow cone of forward aiming.

RCEVS continues to advance the utility of HMD systems with significant investment to improve key features. The JHMCS family of helmets now includes the Digital JHMCS (DJHMCS), currently delivered on Boeing F-15s, with a digital display, improved weight distribution for pilot comfort and better reliability, while maintaining 100% aircraft compatibility.

The JHMCS II version has been developed for new or upgraded aircraft that do not have JHMCS. It reduces aircraft installation impacts while taking advantage of DJHMCS digital display and better balance. JHMCS II is now the baseline for Lockheed Martin F-16 upgrades. RCEVS has also developed night cueing upgrades which are currently operational with several air forces.

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Elbit Systems of America is a leading provider of high performance products, system solutions, and support services focusing on the commercial aviation, defense, homeland security, cyber security, and medical instrumentation markets.  With facilities throughout the United States, Elbit Systems of America is dedicated to supporting those who contribute daily to the safety and security of the United States.  Elbit Systems of America, LLC is wholly owned by Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: ESLT), a global electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs for innovative defense and commercial applications. For additional information, visit: http://www.elbitsystems-us.com or follow us on Twitter.

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Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance ("C4ISR"), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios and cyber-based systems. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.

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Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative aviation and high-integrity solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, simulation and training, and information management is delivered by a global workforce, and a service and support network that crosses more than 150 countries. To find out more, please visit http://www.rockwellcollins.com.

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