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Thales to Provide Pilot Helmets for Polish FA-50 Preventing Jets

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has awarded Thales a contract to offer pilot helmets for the Polish navy’s future FA-50 Preventing Eagle fight jets.

The settlement helps an ongoing program looking for greater than 40 gentle fighter planes to switch Poland’s Soviet-era MiG-29 fleet.

South Korea and the Polish authorities signed the international navy sale in September 2022, valued at $13.7 billion.

Scorpion Helmets

For the KAI contract, Thales will provide its proprietary Scorpion Helmet Mounted Shows, which provide easy accessibility to the plane’s mission methods, navigation, and sensors.

The expertise is a digital platform with zero-perceived latency, full-color symbology, and a single show module.

It makes use of a hybrid, optically-based inertial expertise to reinforce the pilot’s imaginative and prescient with the plane’s monitoring capabilities, offering situational consciousness on day and night time deployments.

Thales said that the Scorpion helmets may also be employed with T-50 Golden Eagle Superior Jet Trainers and its TA-50 Lead-in Fighter Coach variant.

FA-50 Preventing Eagles. Photograph: Korea Aerospace Industries

“We’re excited so as to add the FA-50 to the lengthy listing of extremely succesful fight plane embracing our Scorpion HMD. For KAI we additionally provide rotary wing variations for his or her Mild Armed and Marine Assault helicopters,” Thales Protection & Safety’s Jim Geraghty said.

“Scorpion’s simplified method to platform integration, superior situational consciousness, excessive reliability, and enhanced pilot consolation makes this method unmatched within the HMD marketspace.”

Future FA-50 Fleet Developments

South Korea plans to ship the primary 12 FA-50s to the Polish armed forces this yr.

In August, Poland signed a $105-million contract with the US to obtain Sniper Superior Focusing on Pods for the upcoming fight jets.

These “battle-proven” methods have an electro-optical concentrating on system and laser trackers to dominate shifting aerial threats at a stand-off vary.

In June, KAI rolled out the FA-50s eight months after the order. The plane have been despatched for flight checks the next month.