There was cause for celebration at BAE Systems on Wednesday, as two years after starting development, the company announced the first order of its new Q-Sight helmet-mounted displays. The order came from the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense, which ordered 12 of them for the Royal Navy’s Lynx Mk8 helicopters.
The Q-Sight system, which takes images from sensors and other data sources and displays them in front of the user’s eye in an attachment to the helmet, is lightweight and can fit any standard helmet, offering plug-and-play capability that’s compatible with existing and future sensor video and symbology sources and other helmet display technologies.
The Royal Navy will employ the Q-Sight display as a key component of its Gunner’s Remote Sighting System (GRSS), which allows the image from a machine gun-mounted thermal weapon sight to be displayed remotely on a see-through display on the helmet of the weapon’s operator.
“Q-Sight makes aviators more effective in many situations, including degraded visual environments such as brown-out conditions, ” BAE Systems vice president of defense avionics Jim Garceau said.