Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., based in Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $347,435,068 contract modification by the US Department of Defense. The contract modification is for the acquisition of helmet-mounted display systems for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.

The helmet-mounted display system (HMDS) integrates a binocular display and enhances pilot situational awareness. It incorporates digital night vision and allows pilots to visually designate targets for weapons targeting. The HMDS is also synchronized with the distributed aperture system (DAS) to provide a transparent view of the aircraft surroundings.

The HMDS has accumulated significant operational hours and is currently undergoing updates to incorporate organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology. These updates aim to improve visual clarity, especially in dark conditions. The integration of OLED technology is expected to be completed by 2022.

In addition to the OLED technology integration, future enhancements for the HMDS are also being developed. These include advancements in night vision, a reduction in weight, and the addition of a photochromic visor.

The acquisition of the helmet-mounted display systems will serve the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, F-35 Cooperative Program Partners, and international military sales. The project is under the supervision of the Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Maryland, and is scheduled to be completed by December 2026.

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