DOD may get helmet-mounted display

A helmet mounted display system designed to provide soldiers with better situational awareness is in field testing with U.S. military researchers, according to its developer, BAE Systems.

The Q-Warrior, the latest iteration of the company’s helmet-mounted display technology, looks like a pilot's head-up display but has been designed with high-luminance see-through technology that incorporates high-resolution color to allow the use of symbols and video to blend with the user's view of the world.

According to Paul Wright at BAE Systems' Electronic System, “Q-Warrior increases the user's situational awareness by providing the potential to display ‘eyes-out’ information to the user, including textual information, warnings and threats.”

Other key features include the display of waypoints and routing information, the ability to track both personnel and assets, enhanced night vision, thermal imaging display and a seamless day/night transition. It clips onto existing in-service helmets, the company said in its video, and it works with a vest interface for power and data.

BAE said the lightweight Q-Warrior system also features a large eye-motion box so soldiers can maintain a view of the display even when they make relatively large head movements.

BAE expects initial interest from nontraditional military units with reconnaissance roles or with Special Forces during counter-terrorist tasks. Beyond that, the company sees it deployed for “airborne forces or marines, where technical systems and aggression help to overcome their lighter equipment,” Wright said.

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