DESCRIPTION

The Air Soldier System (Air SS) is flight crew life support equipment that improves mission effectiveness and duration by integrating protective clothing, personal electronics and survival equipment. Mission and survival gear sustains the aviation Soldier in water immersion, extreme heat and cold, and protects the Soldier from flash fire, crash impact, and chemical and ballistic threats. Air SS reduces body-worn bulk and weight and provides a helmet-mounted display with symbology to improve flight crew coordination and safety in all conditions, including Degraded Visual Environments (DVE).

BENEFIT TO THE WARFIGHTER

Air SS, through a Soldier-as-a-System approach, improves cockpit compatibility by reducing body-worn bulk and weight, enhances Situational Awareness (SA) and safety, including in DVE, and increases mission duration and effectiveness.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Mission Display Module and Soldier Computer Module for UH-60A/L aviators provides SA, mission planning and execution and command and control messaging
  • Improved HGU-56/P Flight Helmet enhances SA and safety for aircrews
  • Electronic Flight Bag tactical tablet replaces paper-based information in the cockpit
  • Common Helmet Mounted Display offers digital, wide field of view, color flat-panel display for UH-60 and CH-47 aviators
  • Helmet Head Tracking improves SA for UH-60 and CH-47 aviators
  • Layered Clothing Ensemble (LCE) improves mission effectiveness and endurance
  • 3D DVE conformal symbology improves SA and safety for UH-60 and CH-47 aviators
  • 72-hour Survival Items reduce bulk and weight
  • Aircrew Combat Ensemble reduces weight and bulk, integrates the Soldier Protection System modular ballistic system, and enhances compatibility and stowage interface for current and future clothing and individual equipment

PROGRAM STATUS

  • 4QFY15: Operational and Limited User Tests led by Operational Test Command; UH-60M and CH-47F aircrews from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade evaluated the Air SS including:
  • LCE
  • Improved flight helmet
  • Helmet Display and Tracking System
  • Day/Night Helmet Mounted Displays
  • Enhanced HMD Symbology

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

  • 3QFY16: Capability Production Document approval/Milestone C
  • 4QFY16: Complete first follow-on Development Test/Operational Test

FOREIGN MILITARY SALES

None

CONTRACTORS

Government is the prime integrator with various vendors providing components.

PEO

PEO-SOLDIER