Rockwell Collins, Elbit Systems of America Respond to F-35 JPO Decision Regarding Helmet Mounted Display System

  Rockwell Collins, Elbit Systems of America Respond to F-35 JPO Decision
  Regarding Helmet Mounted Display System

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- October 11, 2013

Rockwell Collins and Elbit Systems of America responded today to Thursday’s
announcement that the F-35 Joint Program Office will focus exclusively on
maturing their joint venture’s Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS).

“This decision validates the significant achievement by the Rockwell Collins
Elbit Systems of America Vision Systems team in delivering next generation
technology that provides unprecedented situational awareness capabilities in
support of the F-35 program,” said Kelly Ortberg, Chief Executive Officer and
President, Rockwell Collins. “We’re looking forward to the continued
development and production of the third generation F-35 HMDS, which will offer
even greater capabilities while reducing overall cost for this critical

“We appreciate the confidence and support of the F-35 Joint Program Office and
Lockheed Martin leading to this decision,” said Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis,
President and CEO of Elbit Systems. “The F-35 HMDS leverages tremendous
innovation, technology base and experience gained by Elbit Systems and
Rockwell Collins through nearly two decades of collaborating in development,
production and fielding of thousands of advanced helmets for fighter aircraft.
Elbit Systems is committed to the success of the F-35 program, providing the
warfighter with an effective and affordable 5th generation fighter helmet
mounted display solution.”

The Gen 3 helmet, which will include an improved night vision camera, new
liquid-crystal displays, automated alignment and software improvements is to
be introduced to the fleet in low rate initial production Lot 7 in 2016.
Rockwell Collins ESA Vision Systems LLC also developed the Gen 2 helmet that
F-35 pilots currently use, which will meet the needs for the U.S. Marine Corps
to declare Initial Operational Capability in July 2015.

The F-35 HMDS provides pilots with unprecedented situational awareness. All
the information that pilots need to complete their missions – through all
weather, day or night – is projected on the helmet’s visor. Additionally, the
F-35’s Distributed Aperture System (DAS) streams real-time imagery from six
infrared cameras mounted around the aircraft to the helmet, allowing pilots to
“look through” the airframe.

About Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) is a pioneer in the development and deployment of
innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial
and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin
electronics, mission communications, information management, and simulation
and training is delivered by 19,000 employees, and a global service and
support network that crosses 27 countries. To find out more, please visit

About Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international defense electronics company engaged in
a wide range of programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes
Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of military and
commercial aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control,
communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance
("C4ISR"), unmanned aircraft systems ("UAS"), advanced electro-optics,
electro-optic space systems, EW suites, airborne warning systems, ELINT
systems, data links and military communications systems and radios. The
Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing military platforms,
developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial
aviation applications and providing a range of support services. For
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