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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 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...

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