2 The Problem – In most cases, 20+ year old technology utilizing an outdated design ethic with limited anticipation of today’s high performance mission environment or advanced mission equipment.CURRENTHelmet Configurations = 27 Display Modules = 3HGU-56/PArmy, USAF, USCGHGU-55/PUSAFHGU-55A/P, JHMCSNavy, USAF, USMCHGU-68/PNavy, USMCHGU-84/PAH-1Z, UH-1YUSMCIHADSSArmyJSFRotary Wing HelmetsFixed Wing Helmets6 Sizes3 SizesDisplay Module1 Size4 Sizes2 SizesIntegrated
3 The Solution – Gentex’ Next Generation Aircrew Helmet System: an affordable, realistic solution for Acquisition, Operations and Support / Logistics Life Cycle CostOperational Equipment CompatibilitySingle common helmet system for ALL fixed & rotary wing applicationsMeets platform and subsystem requirements for forward & backward compatibilityInteroperability among all NVG/PNVG & HMD devices, O2 Masks, Comms, LEP, AHNR, CB Respirator, Egress, Survival & Rescue EquipmentFully integrated, human-centric, systems engineering designMan-in-the-loop design compatibility with all current/future life support equipmentPilot safety and protection throughout all flight envelopes and environmentsAdjustable, 2-size system with proven long duration wear and comfortEye-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 CostMaintainable and Supportable DesignLow Development RiskSeamless Transition to the existing Maintenance ConceptUser / Maintainer-friendly design: DFM using Life Support Tech inputsCommon tools, components, repair & piece-part sparesLow-cost supply chain managementSubstantial testing already accomplishedLeverages other Integrated Helmet efforts to provide running start
5 Key Design Characteristics – The Push for a Common Solution Human Centric Systems Engineering DesignOpen Architecture Hardware DesignComponent CommonalityTechnology IndependenceMission / Equipment / Tactics CompatibleCross-platform InteroperabilityLogistically Supportable & MaintainableMeet or Exceed Current Flight HelmetPerformance Specifications
6 Open Architecture Design – Enables Forward – Backward Operational Compatibility with existing and future system componentsExisting EquipmentPFEImpact ProtectionVisorsLEPNVG / PNVGJHMCSEjection SeatFuture EquipmentPFESmart MaterialsSMART Visor®Agile LEPIntegrated Night VisionHigh Performance Hearing Protection3-D AudioEjection Seat
7 Component / Mission Interoperability – Top Owl OMMAHVS OMMJHMCS OMMRotary OMMTactical OMMNVG/PNVG/NVCDCommon Life SupportModule (LSM)JSF OMMNext Generation Helmet SystemComponent / Mission Interoperability –Single, Common Life Support ModuleRapidly Reconfigurable Outer Mission ModulesPlatform/Weapons/Mission/Tactics Adaptability
9 LSM Fitting Eye-Referenced System Life Support Module (LSM) –Independently Adjustable ComponentsCrown PadBrow Pad/LinerDigitally scanned & milled, or foam-in-placeNape PadChin StrapLSM 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.FEATURESPilot Retained Unit (PRU)High stability (combination of precision scan/mill fit brow pad + open suspension)Impact protection elementEye-referenced designAdvanced suspension & retentionAnti-wind blast edge rollCommunications interfaceANR and PNR interfaceMask & CB respirator interfacePerforms all life support functions equal to or better than all helmets it replacesBENEFITSLow cost component - with pilot for entire careerComfortably secures the helmet to the head enabling use of helmet-mounted NVG’s and integrated HMD’s throughout entire flight envelopePilot safety and protectionFixed optical reference for all HMD’sAccurate fitting/adjustment for wear & comfortReduces neck loading, aides in sound attenuationCompatible with standard Earcups, Inserts, CommsCompatible with current and future AHNRMBU-12/, -20/, -23/P and JSAM compatibleSingle 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 ownershipSizing: 2-size LSM, 1-size OMM meets fitting requirementsInitial Fitting: <15 minutesMaintenance Concept: Existing 2-Level (O/D)MTBCF: 9,000+ hrsMTTR: 15 minMaintenance Interval: Scheduled Maintenance / Maintenance-On-DemandAdditional Personnel: NoneAdditional Skills: NoneSE / TMDE: Standard ALSE Shop ToolkitSpecial Tools: Eye-Reference ToolTechnical Doc’s YesTraining YesSpares & Repair Parts: Organically held … supported by “overnight” SCM
17 Design Integrity – Engineering Test & Evaluation Completed to Date Impact6.0/6.5/9.0 mps – PASSEDPenetration16.0 ft. – PASSEDWindblast, Mannequin, Fixed Neck660+ knots – PASSEDWindblast, 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 Windblast630 KEAS, JPATS 1, LM110 - PASSEDSound AttenuationJSF SA requirement – in processUSAF / Navy anthro sizing, fit mapping2 sizes, Fits Central 95% of M/F Pilot PopulationValidation TBD at AFRL CARD LabPLANNED TESTING & EVALUATIONPreliminary Tactical SOF Evaluation, NAVAIR – Q3’07Limited Tactical Flight Test Evaluation, NAVAIR – TBDPreliminary Rotary SOF Evaluation, NAVAIR – Q3’07Limited Rotary Flight Test Evaluation, NAVAIR – Q4’07Meets specExceeds specMeets v. exceeds spec
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