The Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) has placed an order worth SEK119m ($13.21m) for an advanced helmet mounted display (HMD) system, Targo, from Saab.
To be used for the Swedish Air Force’s Gripen E fighter aircraft, the system will be manufactured and supplied by the Brazilian company AEL Sistemas. Besides delivering the HMD system, AEL will provide the wide area display (WAD) and the head-up display (HUD) for Brazil’s Gripen NG.
Saab wing commander Hans Einerth said: “By aiming the head rather than the entire aircraft at the target, I can rapidly lock sensors and missiles on to the target and thus use the full performance of the missile.
“This makes it possible to shoot the missile instantaneously after target detection and identification, with eyes on target constantly.
“The system can also designate targets for the pilot leading to a faster assessment of the tactical situation.”
Targo provides situational awareness and easier engagement options and will help pilots better locate, track, identify and engage air and ground targets.
Flight information such as altitude and air speed as well as cueing targets will be displayed by a helmet mounted visor on Targo.
With the new system for Gripen E aircraft, Swedish Gripen pilots will get night cueing and display capabilities. The system will also supply supporting tracking data to the pilot.
Saab plans to deliver the Targo HMD system between 2022 and 2026.
Brazil has also ordered for the system for the Brazilian Air Force Gripen NG fighters.