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Helmet-mounted display for the night attack mission
Author(s): Robert J. Whitcraft
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Paper Abstract

The U.S. Army's AH64 Apache helicopter performance during the Panama invasion and Desert Storm has silenced years of skeptical speculation regarding the utility of a visually coupled helmet-mounted display (HMD) in combat. Unfortunately, in the fixed wing community, pilot night vision is limited to viewing a I-HiD for FLIR imagery or image intensification (12) from a helmet mounted goggle. Presently, restricted visual freedom and high head/neck ejection safety risks are accepted penalties for operating at night. Full visual freedom during night missions is a feature not yet afforded to any U.S. military fighter aircraft. This paper will focus specifically on a candidate HMD system for the night attack mission. Included are trade-off discussions relative to several specific design decisions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 October 1992
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 1695, Helmet-Mounted Displays III, (30 October 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.131951
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Robert J. Whitcraft, Honeywell Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1695:
Helmet-Mounted Displays III
Thomas M. Lippert, Editor(s)

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