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BAE to Ship Striker II Pilot Helmets for British Hurricane Fleet

The UK Ministry of Defence has signed a 40-million pound ($49.5 million) contract with BAE Programs to supply Striker II Digital Helmet-Mounted Shows for Royal Air Drive Hurricane pilots.

The Striker II is BAE’s “most superior” helmet, combining all-digital evening imaginative and prescient techniques and daylight-readable colour show expertise.

It tasks info instantly onto the hooked up visor and may make the most of augmented actuality or AR to acquire very important info from real-world eventualities.

Moreover, the helmet interoperates with high-resolution sensor techniques resembling distributed aperture techniques to let pilots see by means of the physique of the plane.

Pilot sporting Striker II helmet. Photograph: UK Royal Air Drive

Below the contract, the corporate was tasked with fabricating the Striker II’s functionality earlier than preliminary manufacturing.

Helmets developed underneath this tranche will help built-in flight assessments and associated checks in Warton, Lancashire.

“Striker II will present the RAF’s Hurricane pilots with a vital benefit – providing unrivalled situational consciousness from the cockpit whereas serving to to keep away from sensory overload, which is significant in a high-tech and fast-paced surroundings,” BAE Programs Managing Director Andrea Thompson acknowledged.

“This contract will allow our electronics and fight air consultants to work collectively to develop the helmet to additional improve the essential position Hurricane pilots play in round the clock defence and safety of our nation.”

BAE’s Newest Hurricane Initiatives

The UK awarded BAE Programs a $1.1-billion contract in July to improve the radar functionality of the Royal Air Drive’s Hurricane jet.

Leonardo started to develop related kits for the radar in 2022 and was in a position to ship a prototype in April 2023.

Final November, BAE obtained a $90.5-million contract to broaden avionics help for the fleet.

In Could of the identical yr, the corporate launched a brand new, light-weight heads-up show for each navy and industrial plane.