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BAE Systems to launch Striker II next-gen helmet at Farnborough

03 July 2014
The Striker II HMD under ground-based evaluation by BAE Systems' Chief Test Pilot Mark Bowman. This new helmet uses digital functionality, whereas previous systems were analogue. Source: Jamie Hunter

BAE Systems is to launch its latest offering from the Striker family of helmet-mounted display (HMD) systems at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014, IHS Jane's was told in early July.

With the Striker II to be showcased at the event from 14 to 20 July, the company is not yet ready to disclose specific system details. However, business development director Chris Colston spelled out some of the HMD's key attributes, as well as its current status.

"Whereas earlier iterations of the Striker family have been analogue, the Striker II is digital with integrated night vision capability. What this means is that it will deliver all of the performance all of the time, without the need for transition," he said. According to Colston, the Striker II mixes enhancements to the earlier Striker products that have been developed as a result of lessons learned, with the research and development associated with the Night-Vision Goggle Helmet-Mounted Display (NVG HMD) system for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

"The Striker II is based upon the current generation of the Striker product that is already in operation on the [Eurofighter] Typhoon and [Saab] Gripen, but introduces BAE Systems' product development and progress made during the F-35 alternate helmet," explained Colston.

"Striker II is a truly integrated HMD system providing a day/night operation without reconfiguration. This fully digital HMD system, builds upon decades of display solutions expertise whilst now offering integrated night vision. Striker II is a capability leap beyond any in-service helmet today. The advanced system promises breakthrough abilities for night fighting and in the areas of head comfort and safety, cockpit organisation, and situational awareness," the company added in a statement.

According to Joseph Senftle, vice president and general manager for Communications and Controls Solutions at BAE Systems: "Striker II is a sophisticated technology with great growth potential and can be adapted across multiple target platforms. Designed to be 'future-proof', this HMD is ready not only for today's fighter pilot mission requirements - but for tomorrow's as well."

Colston told IHS Jane's that the Striker II is now 'qualification ready', and that BAE Systems will be offering it as an upgrade to existing platforms or for integration onto new platforms. "It is currently under evaluation by multiple customers, although we are not in a position to disclose who they are at this time," he noted.

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