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1 Next Generation Aircrew Helmet Overview

2 The Problem – In most cases, 20+ year old technology utilizing an outdated design ethic with limited anticipation of today’s high performance mission environment or advanced mission equipment. CURRENT Helmet Configurations = 27 Display Modules = 3 HGU-56/P Army, USAF, USCG HGU-55/P USAF HGU-55A/P, JHMCS Navy, USAF, USMC HGU-68/P Navy, USMC HGU-84/P AH-1Z, UH-1Y USMC IHADSS Army JSF Rotary Wing Helmets Fixed Wing Helmets 6 Sizes 3 Sizes Display Module 1 Size 4 Sizes 2 Sizes Integrated

3 The Solution – Gentex’ Next Generation Aircrew Helmet System: an affordable, realistic solution for Acquisition, Operations and Support / Logistics Life Cycle Cost Operational Equipment Compatibility Single common helmet system for ALL fixed & rotary wing applications Meets platform and subsystem requirements for forward & backward compatibility Interoperability among all NVG/PNVG & HMD devices, O2 Masks, Comms, LEP, AHNR, CB Respirator, Egress, Survival & Rescue Equipment Fully integrated, human-centric, systems engineering design Man-in-the-loop design compatibility with all current/future life support equipment Pilot safety and protection throughout all flight envelopes and environments Adjustable, 2-size system with proven long duration wear and comfort Eye-referenced stable platform design enabling optimal HMD performance

4 The Solution – Gentex’ Next Generation Aircrew Helmet System: an affordable, realistic solution for Acquisition, Operations and Support / Logistics Life Cycle Cost Maintainable and Supportable Design Low Development Risk Seamless Transition to the existing Maintenance Concept User / Maintainer-friendly design: DFM using Life Support Tech inputs Common tools, components, repair & piece-part spares Low-cost supply chain management Substantial testing already accomplished Leverages other Integrated Helmet efforts to provide running start

5 Key Design Characteristics – The Push for a Common Solution
Human Centric Systems Engineering Design Open Architecture Hardware Design Component Commonality Technology Independence Mission / Equipment / Tactics Compatible Cross-platform Interoperability Logistically Supportable & Maintainable Meet or Exceed Current Flight Helmet Performance Specifications

6 Open Architecture Design – Enables Forward – Backward Operational Compatibility with existing and future system components Existing Equipment PFE Impact Protection Visors LEP NVG / PNVG JHMCS Ejection Seat Future Equipment PFE Smart Materials SMART Visor® Agile LEP Integrated Night Vision High Performance Hearing Protection 3-D Audio Ejection Seat

7 Component / Mission Interoperability –
Top Owl OMM AHVS OMM JHMCS OMM Rotary OMM Tactical OMM NVG/PNVG/ NVCD Common Life Support Module (LSM) JSF OMM Next Generation Helmet System Component / Mission Interoperability – Single, Common Life Support Module Rapidly Reconfigurable Outer Mission Modules Platform/Weapons/Mission/Tactics Adaptability

8 Common Helmet Program Gentex® Exhibit: SAFE 2006

9 LSM Fitting Eye-Referenced System
Life Support Module (LSM) – Independently Adjustable Components Crown Pad Brow Pad/Liner Digitally scanned & milled, or foam-in-place Nape Pad Chin Strap LSM Fitting Eye-Referenced System

10 Life Support Module (LSM) Features and Benefits
This 2-size solution fits the central 95 percentile of the target pilot male-female population. It is the primary system component in the replacement of 27 separate helmets currently in the field. FEATURES Pilot Retained Unit (PRU) High stability (combination of precision scan/mill fit brow pad + open suspension) Impact protection element Eye-referenced design Advanced suspension & retention Anti-wind blast edge roll Communications interface ANR and PNR interface Mask & CB respirator interface Performs all life support functions equal to or better than all helmets it replaces BENEFITS Low cost component - with pilot for entire career Comfortably secures the helmet to the head enabling use of helmet-mounted NVG’s and integrated HMD’s throughout entire flight envelope Pilot safety and protection Fixed optical reference for all HMD’s Accurate fitting/adjustment for wear & comfort Reduces neck loading, aides in sound attenuation Compatible with standard Earcups, Inserts, Comms Compatible with current and future AHNR MBU-12/, -20/, -23/P and JSAM compatible Single helmet system solution reduces acquisition, operations and support costs, and total life cycle cost of ownership

11 Mission Equipment Compatible – Night Vision Equipment Compatibility
Next Generation Aircrew Helmet LSM and Tactical OMM w/ Step-In Visor (ND, Clear, or LEP) & NVGs. Also PNVG compatible.

12 Mission Equipment Compatible – Chem-Bio Protection
Next Generation Aircrew Helmet, Tactical Variant, with Joint Service Aircrew Mask (JSAM)

13 Mission Reconfigurable – JHMCS Concept
Next Generation Aircrew Helmet LSM with JHMCS Concept OMM & MBU-20/P mask

14 Platform Reconfigurable – Rotary Wing Variant
Next Generation Aircrew Helmet LSM with Rotary OMM and Maxillo-facial Shield - Boom Mic hidden

15 Advanced Helmet Vision System – Next Generation HMD
Next Generation Aircrew Helmet LSM with Advanced Helmet Vision System (AHVS) HMD OMM, LEP Visor, and MBU-20/P Oxygen Mask

16 Key Logistics Considerations
The maintainer-friendly design of the Gentex Next Generation Aircrew Helmet supports a low-impact, seamless transition to the existing maintenance concept to achieve maximum system Availability (Ao) at the lowest cost of ownership Sizing: 2-size LSM, 1-size OMM meets fitting requirements Initial Fitting: <15 minutes Maintenance Concept: Existing 2-Level (O/D) MTBCF: 9,000+ hrs MTTR: 15 min Maintenance Interval: Scheduled Maintenance / Maintenance-On-Demand Additional Personnel: None Additional Skills: None SE / TMDE: Standard ALSE Shop Toolkit Special Tools: Eye-Reference Tool Technical Doc’s Yes Training Yes Spares & Repair Parts: Organically held … supported by “overnight” SCM

17 Design Integrity – Engineering Test & Evaluation Completed to Date
Impact 6.0/6.5/9.0 mps – PASSED Penetration 16.0 ft. – PASSED Windblast, Mannequin, Fixed Neck 660+ knots – PASSED Windblast, Mannequin, Flexible Neck (USAF)* 630+ KEAS – Engineering data tests, including sled, were conducted recording both Passes & some qualified failures. No info released, to date. Nij / NMI, Instrumented Windblast 630 KEAS, JPATS 1, LM110 - PASSED Sound Attenuation JSF SA requirement – in process USAF / Navy anthro sizing, fit mapping 2 sizes, Fits Central 95% of M/F Pilot Population Validation TBD at AFRL CARD Lab PLANNED TESTING & EVALUATION Preliminary Tactical SOF Evaluation, NAVAIR – Q3’07 Limited Tactical Flight Test Evaluation, NAVAIR – TBD Preliminary Rotary SOF Evaluation, NAVAIR – Q3’07 Limited Rotary Flight Test Evaluation, NAVAIR – Q4’07 Meets spec Exceeds spec Meets v. exceeds spec

18 GEN IV First Flight – Mojave Desert, June 2006

19 THANK YOU QUESTIONS? GENTEX® Proprietary/Competition Sensitive

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