Air Soldier System (Air SS)
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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 during severe weather, such as extreme heat and cold or submersion, and protects the Soldier from flash fire, crash impacts, 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 SOLDIER

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 possible mission duration while elevating 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
  • Layered Clothing Ensemble 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

PROGRAM STATUS

3QFY16: Capability Production Document approval/Milestone C
4QFY16: Completed first follow-on Development Test/Operational Test
2QFY18: Completed UH-60L Operational Test

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

4QFY18:

  • Milestone C Decision
  • Layered Clothing Full Rate Production (FRP)

2QFY19: Electronic Flight Bag FRP
2QFY20: Aircrew Combat Ensemble (ACE) Low Rate Initial Production
1QFY21: ACE FRP

Contractors

Government is the prime integrator with various vendors providing components.