A contract for 85 additional joint helmet-mounted cueing systems (JHMCS) for the US Air Force has been awarded to Boeing by the US Department of Defense.

Under the $39.6m contract, Boeing will deliver JHMCS aircraft hardware and pilot equipment for USAF and Air National Guard F-15 Eagles and F-16 Falcons, and ten international customers.

The multirole JHMCS, which was first used in Operation Iraqi Freedom, will provide flight crew members with the ability to rapidly acquire and designate a target simply by looking at it.

Pilots can quickly and easily aim weapons and sensors to designate and attack airborne or ground targets by placing an aiming cross, projected on the helmet visor, over the desired target and pressing a button.

The JHMCS visor also increases the pilot’s situational awareness by displaying tactical information, aircraft altitude, airspeed, g-force and angle of attack.

Boeing, the prime contractor and integrator for JHMCS, received the current contract as the 11th JHMCS production order since 2002.