Nice trainer, great helmet

Dedicated followers of the latest HMD-fashion. (Image © Alenia Aermacchi)
Dedicated followers of the latest HMD-fashion. (Image © Alenia Aermacchi)

Alenia Aermachhi sure is proud of its new M-346, and called it ‘the only advanced jet trainer with a fully integrated Helmet Mounted Display (HMD)’ in a press release on Tuesday. The new helmet provides student pilots with a new generation personal avionics system that enables them to develop competency in the use of advanced weapons systems management in operations fully representative of modern combat aircraft.

Fully integrated into the M-346 aircraft avionics systems and the ground based mission simulators, the HMD is particularly effective in those missions where the trainee employs the Embedded Tactical Training System (ETTS) for sensor and weapons systems training.

In these missions the HMD demonstrates its outstanding capability to augment the pilot’s Situational Awareness (SA), both in Air-To-Air and Air-To-Ground missions.  Optically integrated with the M-346 Head-Up Display (HUD), the M-346 HMD provides training in the combined use of HMD and HUD provided information.

The M-346 HMD is particularly effective during off bore-sight “target tracking”; tactical symbology is displayed on the helmet visor and provides targeting and tracking information in direct view allowing the student to concentrate on performing tactical maneuvers and weapon release in pursuit of his mission objective. The M-346 HMD is also equipped with a click-on night module which permits an easy mechanical integration with all the most common night-vision goggle models.

Now, we at AIRheads↑FLY barely understand what any of the above means. But we do know it looks kind of cool as you can see as well at Alenia Aermacchi M-346 resumes flight tests.

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