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1 GENTEX ® Proprietary/Competition Sensitive Next Generation Aircrew Helmet Overview

2 GENTEX ® Proprietary/Competition Sensitive The Problem – In most cases, 20+ year old technology utilizing an outdated design ethic with limited anticipation of today’s high performance mission environment or advanced mission equipment.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 Navy, USMC AH-1Z, UH-1Y USMC IHADSS Army JSF Navy, USAF, USMC Rotary Wing Helmets Fixed Wing Helmets 6 Sizes 3 Sizes Display Module 1 Size 4 Sizes 2 Sizes Display Module 1 Size 3 Sizes 1 Size Display Module 3 Sizes Display ModuleIntegrated

3 GENTEX ® Proprietary/Competition Sensitive 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 The Solution – Gentex’ Next Generation Aircrew Helmet System: an affordable, realistic solution for Acquisition, Operations and Support / Logistics Life Cycle Cost

4 GENTEX ® Proprietary/Competition Sensitive 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 The Solution – Gentex’ Next Generation Aircrew Helmet System: an affordable, realistic solution for Acquisition, Operations and Support / Logistics Life Cycle Cost

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

7 GENTEX ® Proprietary/Competition Sensitive 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 GENTEX ® Proprietary/Competition Sensitive Common Helmet Program Gentex® Exhibit: SAFE 2006

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

10 GENTEX ® Proprietary/Competition Sensitive Life Support Module (LSM) Features and Benefits 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 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.

11 GENTEX ® Proprietary/Competition Sensitive 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 GENTEX ® Proprietary/Competition Sensitive Mission Equipment Compatible – Chem-Bio Protection Next Generation Aircrew Helmet, Tactical Variant, with Joint Service Aircrew Mask (JSAM)

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

14 GENTEX ® Proprietary/Competition Sensitive Platform Reconfigurable – Rotary Wing Variant Next Generation Aircrew Helmet LSM with Rotary OMM and Maxillo-facial Shield - Boom Mic hidden

15 GENTEX ® Proprietary/Competition Sensitive 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 GENTEX ® Proprietary/Competition Sensitive Key Logistics Considerations 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’sYes TrainingYes Spares & Repair Parts:Organically held … supported by “overnight” SCM 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 (A o ) at the lowest cost of ownership

17 GENTEX ® Proprietary/Competition Sensitive 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. N ij / 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 v. exceeds spec Meets spec Exceeds spec

18 GENTEX ® Proprietary/Competition Sensitive GEN IV First Flight – Mojave Desert, June 2006

19 GENTEX ® Proprietary/Competition Sensitive THANK YOU QUESTIONS? GENTEX ® Proprietary/Competition

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