posted on Mar, 11 2013 @ 04:20 PM
Operational testers at Nellis AFB in Nevada are preparing to test the Visionix Scorpion helmet mounted cueing system with the F-22 later this year.
F-22 pilots have been talking for awhile now about how lack of a helmet mounted system could hurt them in WVR combat with the AIM-9X, as they would
have to have a wingman sight for them to use the full capabilities of the missile.
To date pilots that have used the Scorpion have had nothing but positive things to say about it. The F-22 pilots want the helmet added to the
aircraft. The AIM-9X isn't expected to be added to the Raptor's weapons mix until 2015, and full capabilities not until around 2017.
US Air Force operational testers at Nellis AFB, Nevada, are preparing to evaluate the Visionix Scorpion helmet-mounted cueing system (HMCS) on the
Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor later this year.
"We absolutely hope to have the Scorpion helmet [on the Raptor]," says Col Robert Novotny, commander of the 53rd Test and Evaluation Group (53rd
TEG), which investigates new technologies and tactics for the service. "We think we'll get into that business this summer."
At the same time, the F-15C fleet is going through a huge upgrade to their sensor suite. They will be receiving the APG-63 (V) 3 AESA radar, the ADCP
II, EPAWSS, Mode 5 IFF, new flight data recorder, SATCOM radio, digital video recorder, and software upgrades.
The Air Force is looking at adding two Liquid Crystal Displays to replace the F-15s original radar and threat displays. The LCD displays would allow
pilots to take full advantage of the new sensors, and display data at a greater range than the original screens.
The US Air Force is working on adding new displays onto the Boeing F-15C Eagle air superiority fighter to complement the aircraft's upgraded
The service is already adding the new Raytheon APG-63 (V) 3 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar onto the Eagle fleet. But the jet will
also receive the advanced display core processor II (ADCP II), Eagle passive/active warning and survivability system (EPAWSS), Mode 5 identification
friend or foe (IFF), a new flight data recorder, a satellite communications (SATCOM) radio, and a new digital video recorder, according to the F-15
System Program Office. The F-15 will also receive a series of software block updates.
Now, the USAF is investigating the addition of two new modern liquid crystal displays to replace the F-15C antiquated radar and defense electronic
warfare systems displays, says Col Robert Novotny, commander of the 53rd Test and Evaluation Group at Nellis AFB, Nevada, which evaluates new
technology and tactics for the service.