|Category:||Head-Mounted Equipment [HMD/NVG/Glasses]|
|Object Name:||Cobra Helmet|
|Platform(s):||Gripen JAS 39|
|Year of Manufacture:||circa 2005|
|Location:||Rack RAA15 (HMDs) [Mezzanine Store]|
Ser. No. 00001
[inside Inner shell]
This experimental Helmet Mounted Display system was made in Edinburgh. This object has the Inner Shell and Outer Frame only and no electronics are fitted. The word Thorbiornson is written on the front of the inner shell; Mats Thorbiornson was a Test Pilot for Saab on the Gripen aircraft
In October 2007 it was announced that Swedish Air Force Gripen fighters will be equipped with the latest version of Saab’s Cobra helmet mounted display (HMD) system, in a new SEK 345 million (USD 54 million) deal between FMV, Sweden’s Defence Material Administration, and Saab.
The Cobra HMD system has been tested on the Gripen since 2005 and has already been ordered by the South African Air Force. The agreement will enable the HMD system to be integrated into Swedish Air Force Gripen fighters and be delivered progressively.
The HMD displays data directly onto the helmet visor, allowing the pilot to stay ‘heads-up’ at crucial points in the mission. The Cobra is a binocular system that displays both air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons symbology, as well as basic flight data.
The helmet and display system have been developed by BAE Systems, the mask by G4, the helmet tracking system by Denel Optronics of South Africa and the display symbology by Saab.