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03 October 2016

AUSA 2016: Rockwell Collins Ensures Mission Readiness

On booth #6442, Rockwell Collins is introducing and demonstrating its new combat helmet-mounted Integrated Digital Vision System (IDVS) for soldiers at their booth.

Rockwell Collins' IDVS (Photos: Rockwell Collins)

The IDVS is an advanced display system that combines real-time mission data with multispectral vision sensors into one view for greater situational awareness and is a hands-free, helmet-mounted display system that fuses incoming data from various sources, such as a command centre, other soldiers, or drones, with multispectral vision. The system does this while automatically transitioning from dark to light environments in real time, allowing users to have a complete view of everything that is happening around them.

Touted by the company as the most advanced, fully digital head-worn system available that fuses multispectral night vision sensors with situational awareness information to support day, night and degraded visual environments. The helmet-mounted IDVS provides head-up, hands-free situational awareness, giving soldiers the information they need to make better, faster decisions and reduce workload as they carry out their missions.

IDVS combines low-light image processing with digital and synthetic data to enhance situational awareness in all visual conditions. It equips the soldier to “see through” visually degraded environments such as low light or no light, as well as smoke, dust storms and fog. The optical system enables a seamless transition between high and low visibility levels, eliminating the need to remove the visual display as conditions change. In addition, its wide field of view (40°) and transparent optics allow the user to maintain normal peripheral vision in all situations.

Rockwell Collins' IDVS

The IDVS has a higher range of D/R/1 through low-light image processing, visual noise reduction and digital enhancement, enabling export and import of digital data and video, such as compass heading and map displays. It is easily upgradable growth path through programmable, open system architecture. It features: Two low-light VIS/NIR sensors, one long-wave infrared (LWIR} thermal sensor, a flip-up feature, IPD adjustable, WUXGA resolution, mounts to standard night-vision-goggle shroud, Ops-Core/Crye Precision AirFrame; four 18650 batteries (providing up to six hours of operation in full sensor fusion mode) or eight CR123 batteries, and has an expandable input/output and processing for growth capabilities.

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