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Elbit Systems' US subsidiary, EFW, selected by Bell Helicopter to supply Helmet Display and Tracking Systems for US Army’s new Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT) reported today that EFW, an Elbit Systems of America company, has been chosen to supply the Helmet Display and Tracking System (HDTS) for the US Army's new Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter designed and manufactured by Bell Helicopter. The HDTS will be based on EFW's ANVIS/HUD (Aviator's Night Vision Imaging System / Head Up Display) with a Tracking System for pilot targeting, cueing and crew coordination. The program has potential value of $51 million through 2012.

The HDTS provides a significant increase in situational awareness and safety by allowing the pilot to fly "head out of the cockpit" during both day and night operations by projecting critical flight information into the day display and night vision goggles' view. The system will also provide Line of Sight (LOS) cueing between pilots or display the LOS of an electro-optic payload (EOP).

The base ANVIS/HUD system has been in operational use by U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and Marine, and U.S. Air Force rotary wing pilots since the mid 1990's. The system is installed on most of the utility and special operations helicopter fleet platforms, including the H-60, CH-53 CH-47, CH-46, H-1, V-22 and others. The addition of the tracking and LOS functions to this proven product provides the US military aviator a helmet-mounted system that delivers state of the art situational awareness and aircrew interaction.

Commenting on the award, Raanan Horowitz, executive vice president and general manager of EFW said, "EFW is pleased and honored to be part of the ARH team. This Helmet Mounted System will provide responsive and accurate situational awareness for the ARH aircrew, allowing them to execute their mission safely and effectively."

EFW also supplies the Integrated Helmet and Display Sighting System (IHADSS) used to provide US Army Apache attack helicopter pilots with helmet mounted night vision, flight data, and weapons targeting information.

Additionally, EFW, through its VSI joint venture, provides subsystems for the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) used in fixed wing fighter aircraft in the US and other allied countries.

Press release issued by EFW Inc., an Elbit Systems of America company on November 16, 2006

 

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