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Gripen E/F to feature Targo HMD

07 November 2016
An artist's impression of the Targo HMD that is set to feature on the Gripen E fighter for Sweden and Brazil, and on the Gripen F for Brazil. Source: Elbit Systems

The Swedish and Brazilian air forces are to use the Elbit Systems Targo helmet-mounted display (HMD) for their Saab Gripen E/F fighter aircraft, it was announced on 7 November.

The Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) awarded the airframer a SEK119 million (USD13 million) contract for an undisclosed number of systems to be delivered to the Swedish Air Force (SwAF) between 2022 and 2026. Elbit Systems' Brazilian subsidiary AEL Sistemas (AEL) will supply the HMDs to both the SwAF and the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira: FAB).

The SwAF is scheduled to receive 60 single-seat Gripen E fighters from 2019 to 2026, with the FAB taking delivery of 28 Gripen E and 8 twin-seat Gripen F aircraft from 2019 to 2024.

First showcased at the Paris Airshow in 2009, the Targo HMD uses a standard helmet, onto which a software module is fitted that removes the need for integration with the host aircraft. The HMD employs a visor-projected display for day operations, complemented by a separate clip-on night module (featuring night-vision goggles with display injection) shows flight information such as altitude and air speed, as well as cueing targets and supplying supporting tracking data to the pilot.

As well as its operational utility, the Targo has a simulation module that allows pilots to plan, rehearse, fly, and debrief missions using their personal helmets also. During a previous demonstration of the Targo HMD aboard a Piper Cherokee light aircraft over Megiddo in Israel, IHS Jane's was shown how the system can be used to practice formation flying, aerial combat, air-to-ground attack, and counter surface-to-air missile training.

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