TopOwl in Bastille Day flypast
As part of the 14 July celebrations in Paris marking Bastille Day, France’s national holiday, France 2 television reported from a Tiger helicopter in the ceremonial flypast with the pilot wearing a TopOwl system from Thales Avionics.
TopOwl is the only binocular helmet with visor-projected imagery and built-in night vision functionality. Now in full-rate production, over 1,000 units have been delivered and a further 1,600 are on order. It has a proven record of success on deployments in Afghanistan, Libya and Mali.
Pascal Point has no doubt about why TopOwl is so successful. “The reason it's so popular with pilots is that pilots designed it. We worked with users at every step of the design process to ensure it matches their actual needs. With TopOwl's built-in night vision system, helicopters can fly night and day. The night vision imagery is displayed directly in front of the pilot’s eyes, replacing conventional night vision goggles for a seamless switch between natural vision and night vision at the touch of a button. TopOwl is the best helmet-mounted display in service today and it's a critical component of the Tiger helicopter's weapon system.”
Copyright photo: Eric Raz