$14M for Elbit’s ANVIS-HUID Systems
Elbit Systems Ltd. recently announced 2 contracts worth approximately $14 million, to supply Aviator’s Night Vision Imaging System/Head-Up Displays (ANVIS/HUD) for “helicopters of two NATO member countries.” Release [PDF]. The ANVIS/HUD(TM) system allows the helicopter pilot to fly night operations without looking into the cockpit, by projecting critical flight information into the pilot’s visor or night vision goggles‘ view. This is especially critical during low-level flight, or when taking fire, where awareness must be maintained but a moment’s worth of inattention can be fatal.
ANVIS/HUD has been used by the US military since the mid-1990s, and has equipped more than 5,000 helicopters belonging to 20 countries. Integrated platforms include the H-60 series, CH-53, CH-47, CH-46, V-22, AH-1, UH-1, Super Puma, Cougar, and others. Elbit also offers the HeliDASH system as a higher end choice; their major competitor these days is Thales’ TopOwl, in service with the Eurocopter Tiger, South Africa’s Rooivalk attack helicopter, NH90 variants, and the USMC’s forthcoming UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters.