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BAE F-35 Helmet  (Source: BAE Systems)
Fancy futuristic JSF helmet still not working

Schools are already in place to train fresh F-35 pilots now that the aircraft are inching closer to actual service duty. However, one thing that was still questionable was the wild looking helmet that is intended to give the pilot a 360-degree view around the aircraft.
The problem is that the high-tech helmet that the F-35 program needs is having some significant issues with performance. Specifically, the maker of the JSF helmet, Vision Systems International, has been unable to get high quality images displayed on the pilot’s visor.
Since the availability of that fancy helmet is questionable, a contract to create another helmet with less technology crammed in has been granted to BAE Systems.
BAE is using a version of the helmet that Eurofighter Typhoon pilots use. The Typhoon display that would be in the helmet is being removed and it is being replaced with a set of night vision goggles and a single eyepiece showing the heads-up display HUD.
"BAE Systems Electronic Systems is proud to be a part of the Lockheed Martin team for the F-35 HMD,” said Jim Garceau, vice president and general manager of defense avionics for BAE Systems. “The NVG HMD will enable all aspects of flight operations and it allows us to build on our long history of successful development programs with Lockheed Martin on the F-35, F-16 and F-22 programs.”
The helmet will also incorporate the BAE Q-sight and head tracking technology to help with precise weapons delivery. The modular design also allows an upgrade path for pilots to binocular visor-projected displays, alternate image sources, and night vision.
The helmet can also be easily modified if it becomes the main helmet for the F-35.

Sources: DefenseTech, BAE Systems

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RE: Pfft
By lightfoot on 10/17/2011 4:52:46 PM , Rating: 2
The real problem is people that don't know the difference between Million, Billion and Trillion.

So what if several million have been spent on a failed helmet design?

Obama blew half a BILLION on a failed solar company.

And we spend TRILLIONS giving Medicare and Social Security benefits to people who DON'T NEED them. Why do retired millionares get their healthcare benefits subsidized by the government when the working poor can't afford even basic health services? MEDICARE is the single biggest problem with waste in government. Not this helmet.

RE: Pfft
By Dradien on 10/17/2011 7:52:31 PM , Rating: 1
"The real problem is people that don't know the difference between Million, Billion and Trillion."

You have to be literally retarded not to...

"So what if several million have been spent on a failed helmet design?"

Eh, couple million, what of it? It's for some nice aide from FEMA, or money that could be spent in better ways that doesn't involve new ways to kill brown people...

"Obama blew half a BILLION on a failed solar company."

According to you, that's ok! It's only several million!!!!11!!

Just for the record, him blowing that half billion on that Solar Company is unacceptable and people should get pissed about it. Wasted money that could be better used by people who /need it/ should get people in a tissy, regardless of who's in the white house.

"And we spend TRILLIONS giving Medicare and Social Security benefits to people who DON'T NEED them."

You have a source other then your ass?

A litle basic fact-checking turns this up:

"The 2011 Medicare Trustees report, which takes into account in its projections the anticipated effects of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, makes the following points: 1) “In 2010, 47.5 million people were covered by Medicare: 39.6 million aged 65 and older, and 7.9 million disabled … Total benefits paid in 2010 were $516 billion. Income was $486 billion, expenditures were $523 billion, and assets held in special issue U.S. Treasury securities were $344 billion" (Source:

So according to that, in 2010, Medicare spent about $523 billion. $344 Billion of that wasn't from tax payers, it was from money tghe program has invested already.

"Why do retired millionares get their healthcare benefits subsidized by the government when the working poor can't afford even basic health services."

Because they paid into it and are entitled to it? The working poor not affording healthcare is a problem, and the healthcare system needs overhauling (I support a Single payer system personally, akin to Medicare for all). I personally think Medicare should subsidize /less/ then it does for the rich, kind of like how taxation (is supposed to) work.

"MEDICARE is the single biggest problem with waste in government. Not this helmet."

I have to disagree with you. The defensive budget is just insane and needs some slimming. Medicare at least helps people here in the states, and employs a lot of people, more then this helmet does.

RE: Pfft
By FITCamaro on 10/17/2011 10:31:02 PM , Rating: 2
What Occupy Wall Street protest are you attending currently?

This "failed" helmet design is because it didn't work as planned. Like many technological innovations. Far different from a company that even the government knew was going to fail when the money was given, but it was given anyway because it furthered an agenda. Not that I expect someone with your attitude to understand that.

And way to pull the "kill brown people" card. Doesn't get old at all.

And you're basically admitting that as it exists, Medicare is doomed to fail since is paying out more in benefits than it is bringing in and that is only expected to get worse. Even the government is saying key elements of Obamacare are unsustainable now. Nevermind that there is no money in said "trust", its all just treasury bonds. Which is akin to a paper game (I believe the call it a ponzie scheme) since its just moving paper from one place to another to try to show some semblance of solvency. Any money paid back into the trust by cashing in those securities is just more borrowed money from another source.

Just keep milking that gravy train for all its worth. It'll never collapse right? I'm sure Greece thought the same thing.

And jee a liberal who wants a single payer system. Who'da thunk it.

RE: Pfft
By gamerk2 on 10/18/2011 11:46:57 AM , Rating: 2
As far as the medical system goes: I'm all for the SCOTUS to repeal the so-called "Obamacare" bill, simply because it leaves the public option as the only option left if you want to reform the system. Simply offer a basic coverage scheme, run AT COST [at cost is always cheaper then for profit]. If insurance companies want to offer more up-scale programs for those with more money, thats fine. But a at-cost basic plan would drastically reduce medical costs overall [since its the poorest that drive up costs, due to their inability to pay for preventive care].

Also: A public option would basically remove the need for medicare/medicade/tricare, and every other government-run healthcare program. You could probably shave a few hundred Billion off the budget with the savings found there...

RE: Pfft
By sigmatau on 10/17/2011 10:09:54 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure you were protesting at your local Exxon gas station when they got their multi-billion dollar welfare check this year.

Does that hurt your head? Having people in need barely get by on a government check? Aw, instead you want the to curl up and die? Awwww, the thought brings tears to my eyes.

RE: Pfft
By FITCamaro on 10/17/2011 10:49:25 PM , Rating: 2
Another on crack.

Oil companies get the same deductions as every other corporation. It is illegal to tax one company differently than another.

And they're not paying taxes?

They may not pay all their taxes here. But they pay them. They go where they pay the least taxes. As any smart business does if they can. The answer is to encourage them to pay as much taxes as they can here. Not threaten them with more taxes which only encourages them to move more profits overseas.

You know what doesn't help oil companies pay taxes? When some try to force them out of business in the US by not letting them drill for oil in the Gulf. We could add tens of thousands of jobs by opening new refineries here in the states. Which would also lower gas prices since we wouldn't have to import so much refined fuel as we do now due to inadequate refining capacity. Importing refined fuel is far more expensive than importing raw crude. Because it had to be shipped somewhere else first, be refined, and then shipped to us.

RE: Pfft
By sigmatau on 10/18/2011 10:04:07 AM , Rating: 2
Wow, if I'm on crack, then you are a crack whore.

If it's ok for corporations to hide their money in other countries it's ok for people to hide all their money in Swiss bank accounts.

That's just brilliant!

Oh, and your link is not biased at all. LOL!!!! They paid taxes, but made hundreds of billions of dollars. The article writer somehow omitted what was their tax rate. Sorry buddy, but these companies got you wrapped around their pinky. You actualy defend this filth?

RE: Pfft
By FITCamaro on 10/18/2011 10:35:56 PM , Rating: 2
The top three oil companies in the United States are ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and Chevron. According to the SEC filings of those companies, as analyzed by Forbes, ExxonMobil’s pretax income in 2010 was $52 billion, from which it paid $21.6 billion in income taxes worldwide, leaving a net income of $30.5 billion. That equals a tax rate of 45 percent, which is 10 percent above the statutory corporate rate of 35 percent.

ConocoPhillips earned $19.8 billion in pretax income in 2010 and it paid $8.3 billion in taxes, leaving $11.4 billion in income. That equals a tax rate of 42 percent. Chevron made $32 billion and then paid $12.9 billion in income taxes, leaving a net income of $19.1 billion, which equals a tax rate of 40 percent.

ExxonMobil’s total tax bill, worldwide, was $89 billion in 2010, comprised mostly of sales and excise taxes. ConocoPhillips, for comparison, paid an additional $16.8 billion in “other taxes” beyond its income taxes, reported Forbes, and Chevron paid an additional $18.2 billion in “other taxes” in 2010.

Did you even read the article?

Why do oil companies make billions? Because they sell INCREDIBLY large volumes of a product. I am not going to hate a company because they sell a product the entire world desires.

But just keep up that "you're owned by the oil companies" bit. Never gets old. Much less makes an effective argument.

RE: Pfft
By gamerk2 on 10/18/2011 11:57:48 AM , Rating: 2
You know, we could double coorporate profits if we removed all regulations. That doesn't mean its a good idea though...

As far as oil goes, its a resource that frankly, we should be off within the next 20 years or so. Peak oil is comming, and there simply isn't enough oil to sustain current usage levels. Even if you had an infinite source, you are still limited by how much you can drill and refine per day.

The US government developed hydrogen fuel cells back in the late 60's. They got us to the moon and back. O2 + H2 = H20 + Power. The only reason we haven't moved on yet [and still cling to oil based solutions, IE Hybrids] is because no oil company would ever finance the structual changes necessary to set up the infrastructure. So, the biggest change we will get is plug-in, which only hides the problem for a little while longer.

Finally, heres an idea for you: Why drill up all our oil while its still relativly cheap? I say, wait for peak oil to hit, then sell all our oil at significantly higher then market value to foreign countries. Of course, this assumes that we ourselves took the steps necessary to ensure we won't need that excess oil...[you see how some long term thinking can be used to make a boatload of money?]

Worst case, if the US is threated by default, we could always sell Alaska [and by extension, its oil reserves] to China. Considering we only paid $10 Million, I'd say we come out ahead on that deal.

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