After reviewing data from demonstration flights that occurred this past summer, the U.S. Air Force has decided to implement interim improvements to the KC-46 Remote Visual System, known as “Enhanced Remote Vision System,” or ERVS.
Implementation of ERVS will not add any risk to the on-time fielding of RVS 2.0, the agreed final solution to resolve Category 1 deficiencies associated with the current RVS, and will be done at no additional cost to the government.
The ERVS updates will include software-only improvements to help fix image distortion issues and tailor the display for each user’s specific vision characteristics on the fielded remote vision system on KC-46 aircraft. These updates are expected to be completed in late 2021.
“The implementation of ERVS will provide some benefit to our Total Force boom operators in the near-term, but most importantly will not delay the fielding of RVS 2.0,” said Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, commander of Air Mobility Command. “Installing RVS 2.0 onto our growing KC-46 fleet directly supports my priority of advancing warfighting capabilities to maximize full-spectrum readiness and generate the credible capacity required to project the Joint Force.”
RVS 2.0 is designed to be the comprehensive solution to issues identified with the existing KC-46 Remote Vision System. It will include 4K color cameras with proper viewing geometry, air refueling operator stations with larger screens, a distance range finder for refueling aircraft distance measurement, and boom assistance augmented reality. Initial fielding of the system is expected in late 2023.