SAWS incorporates a mission computer, an electro-optical system with TV, infrared cameras and laser telemeter (with laser designator as needed), a targeting system with a helmet-mounted sight
and display, two multi-purpose weapon pylons with slaving units, and a choice of guns, missiles and unguided or guided rockets as weapons loads.
The CF-18 Phase II IRB program, which started in 2005 and valued at $138 million, includes an added data link system to aid in interoperability with NATO allies, integration of a helmet-mounted sight
system, a survivable crash data recorder, and a chaff and flare dispensing electronic warfare system.
The flight followed completion of a major modification period that incorporated a movable elevator and the Thales "Top Owl" helmet-mounted sight
The system also integrates a helmet-mounted sight
and cueing system, as well as an additional observation and targeting turret: the Helicopter Multi-Mission Optronic Stabilized Payload (HMOSP), which includes a dual-band FLIR, CCD LLL TV camera, and laser rangefinder/ illuminator.
Air Force Research Laboratory's Helmet-Mounted Sight
Plus (HMS+) program is developing a color helmet-mounted display (HMD) to enhance information conveyance to the pilot.
Each Apache is equipped with a helmet-mounted sight
, directly in front of the pilot's eyes, and can target enemy radar sites with the press of a button.
These modifications and additions include an obogs, inflight refuelling, Elisra self-defence suite, Elop head-up display, Elta Dash 4 helmet-mounted sight
, a Honeywell inertial navigation system and new missiles.
Israel will use the helmet-mounted sight
with the Rafael (Haifa, Israel) Python 4 missile.
Employed on the MiG-29 in combination with the Urals Optical-Mechanical Plant SH-3UM-1 helmet-mounted sight
, the R-73 provided the ability to fire at targets 30 degrees off-axis (and to track them at twice this angle).
The Russian MiG-29 Fulcrum sports a coherent pulse Doppler radar, which can track up to 10 targets simultaneously, plus a laser rangefinder and infrared search and track system linked to a helmet-mounted sight
. Typically, however, MiG-29s exported by Russia have de-rated engines, delivering about 90% normal thrust, and less powerful radars with detection range reduced to about 25 miles.
Flight trials have already taken place with the refuelling probe, a Thales/ Cumulus Guardian helmet-mounted sight
and the Zeiss Optronik Litening targeting and navigation flir pod with laser designation capability.