US: The Q-Warrior is the latest helmet-mounted display technology, by BAE Systems, that has been specially designed for the soldier who needs unique capabilities, such as identifying hostile and non-hostile forces, as well as coordinating small unit actions. Designed and built by engineers at Electronic Systems business in Rochester, Kent, the system significantly increases situational awareness capabilities for the dismounted soldier – in other words military personnel operating out of their vehicles. Q-Warrior introduces a high transmission and high luminance see-through display which incorporates a high-resolution colour, collimated display to allow the use of symbols and video to blend intuitively with the user's view of the world. Waypoints, other points of interest and targets can all be displayed overlaid on the real view of what's actually out there.
“These are only some of the innovations which have been incorporated into the new display. Q-Warrior increases the user's situational awareness by providing the potential to display eyes-out information to the user, including textual information, warnings and threats. Other key features include enhanced night vision, waypoints and routing information, and the ability to track both personnel and assets,” said Paul Wright, Soldier Systems' Business Development Lead at BAE Systems' Electronic Systems in Rochester, Kent. “The biggest demand, in the short term at least, will be in roles where the early adoption of situational awareness technology offers a defined advantage. This is likely to be within non-traditional military units with reconnaissance roles, such as Forward Air Controllers/Joint Tactical Aircraft Controllers (JTACS) or with Special Forces during counter terrorist tasks. The next level of adoption could be light role troops such as airborne forces or marines, where technical systems and aggression help to overcome their lighter equipment,” said Paul Wright, Soldier Systems' Business Development Lead at BAE Systems' Electronic Systems in Rochester, Kent.
Source: BAE systems