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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: Waste is still waste.
By Dradien on 10/17/2011 8:03:41 PM , Rating: 1

"Except the surpreme court didn't end the limits on corporate campaign contributions."

Should have. It was a party line vote in a Republican majority SCOTUS. Having too much corporate influance in government is terrible.

"They ruled that a business can spend money on an advertisement for or against a politician that they like or that they feel threatens their business."

I personally think a business should be able to air ANY commerical for or against ANY canidate it wishes to, given that it uses truthful information.

"All because liberals didn't want to let a guy air a documentary on Hillary Clinton. Maybe liberals will think twice before trying to stifle free speech."

Nice way to group everyone together and be stereotypical. Do you know Republicans value money more then lives? It's true, all republicans are like that because a Health Insurance CEO company denied two transplants (that resulted in two deaths) while she got a nice fat bonus!

So yea, all republicans are like this!

...You can do better.

"Liberals only don't like the decision because many businesses (especially smaller businesses) are fed up with government interference in their businesses with excessive regulations, fees, and taxes."

Ohh, look at you! You're so cute with your little talking points and whatnot. Please, continue!

The USA has one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the world. Not only that, but many big corporations find loopholes in those taxes so they pay no taxes, and in some cases, get a rebate!

Please PLEASE tell me about this over taxation again please! I know it's just TERRIBLE!

Regulations are terrible? I know:( Like that pesky Glass-Stegall act that when repealed, lead to the real estate crash of 2008, ruining hundreds of thousands of loves.

But won't someone think of the poor poor corporations!

You're a terrible poster, a republican shrill, and an awful person. Educate yourself instead of just repeating talking points please.


RE: Waste is still waste.
By FITCamaro on 10/17/2011 10:16:32 PM , Rating: 2
What the fuck are you smoking? We have one of the HIGHEST corporate tax rates in the world.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_rates_around_the_...

Companies, just like individuals, take advantage of every loophole they can find. Want a truly fair system? Fairtax. But no Democrat (and even most big government Republicans) would ever vote for it because it doesn't redistribute wealth. And you want GE to pay taxes? Why don't you go tell the president who's a big friend of their CEO.

And you mean that real estate collapse that happened because the government went so far as to sue banks who didn't give out enough loans to minorities? Yeah practices like that couldn't possibly had anything to do with why banks gave out loans to people who likely couldn't repay them. What bank would give out a loan they knew would go bad? Well wait they didn't have to worry about that since Fannie and Freddie just bought all the loans anyway without regard for the solvency of them. And now they're suing the banks for selling the loans to them when it was they who encouraged it in the first place.


RE: Waste is still waste.
By sigmatau on 10/17/2011 10:23:03 PM , Rating: 2
LOL. I see that your political education entails watching 5 minutes of Fox every day.

Redistribute wealth? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh right, a CEO that makes 200 times what their average employee makes surely can't go without buying 4 Mercedes that year. Oh noes! And I'm sure that CEO put in 200 times the work their average worker did to get where they are today. Right.

The government did sue the banks that didn't give to minorities because the banks were basing their approvals on race. IDIOT. Black farmers won billions from that. Learn history as you are doomed to repeat it. But hey, you can go on with your life and blame the other man.


RE: Waste is still waste.
By FITCamaro on 10/17/2011 10:55:35 PM , Rating: 1
Someone pays $0 taxes after they do their tax return and still gets a several thousand dollar check back every year = redistributing wealth.

No one should have a NEGATIVE tax liability.

And no the banks didn't give the loans because they saw that the people would never be able to pay the money back. Democrats saw this as racist and sued.


RE: Waste is still waste.
By gamerk2 on 10/18/2011 11:19:24 AM , Rating: 2
40% of the countries wealth is in the hands of 400-500 families.

You want to know why we're in recession? Thats why. Fact is, the wealth has been redistributed from the many [middle class] to the few [the top 1%], and we see the end results of that approach to taxation.

And stop with the "base tax rate" nonsense; investments are taxed at only 17%, and there are so many deductions avaliable for business, they pay significantly less then the base tax rate. When the tax code is re-done, deductions HAVE to go for that reason alone.

As for campaign finance, if a CEO wants to put his own cash into advertising, thats fine. Now though, he can double dip: Once personally, and once using the coorporations wallet, using PUBLIC funds. Whats next; giving coorporations the right to vote?


RE: Waste is still waste.
By cruisin3style on 10/18/2011 3:21:16 PM , Rating: 2
I might be misinterpreting your post, but you do realize that people who get a rebate check had that rebate amount taken out of their paychecks over the course of the previous year right?

Or are you saying that it really IS the government's money to do with as they see fit? ;)


RE: Waste is still waste.
By lightfoot on 10/18/2011 6:42:28 PM , Rating: 2
The Earned Income Tax credit in the United States is known as a "refundable tax credit." Refundable means that you can get the full tax credit even if it exceeds your total tax liability. In many cases people get "refund" checks for taxes that they didn't even pay in the first place.

This tax credit is designed to offset the payroll taxes that the working poor pay. This effectively makes the "entitlement" programs defacto welfare programs for the poor.

Personally I am opposed to payroll taxes in the first place because they are terribly regressive. In addition they make people think that Social Security and Medicare are "entitlements" instead of the welfare programs that they really are.


RE: Waste is still waste.
By lightfoot on 10/18/2011 12:10:10 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
a CEO that makes 200 times what their average employee makes

And when an average employee screws up at their job, one person loses their job.

When a CEO screws up at their job thousands of average employees can lose their job.

A good CEO is worth every penny they are paid. The problem is that far too many are NOT good CEOs.


RE: Waste is still waste.
By sigmatau on 10/17/2011 10:23:04 PM , Rating: 1
LOL. I see that your political education entails watching 5 minutes of Fox every day.

Redistribute wealth? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh right, a CEO that makes 200 times what their average employee makes surely can't go without buying 4 Mercedes that year. Oh noes! And I'm sure that CEO put in 200 times the work their average worker did to get where they are today. Right.

The government did sue the banks that didn't give to minorities because the banks were basing their approvals on race. IDIOT. Black farmers won billions from that. Learn history as you are doomed to repeat it. But hey, you can go on with your life and blame the other man.


RE: Waste is still waste.
By sigmatau on 10/17/2011 10:23:04 PM , Rating: 2
LOL. I see that your political education entails watching 5 minutes of Fox every day.

Redistribute wealth? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh right, a CEO that makes 200 times what their average employee makes surely can't go without buying 4 Mercedes that year. Oh noes! And I'm sure that CEO put in 200 times the work their average worker did to get where they are today. Right.

The government did sue the banks that didn't give to minorities because the banks were basing their approvals on race. IDIOT. Black farmers won billions from that. Learn history as you are doomed to repeat it. But hey, you can go on with your life and blame the other man.


RE: Waste is still waste.
By FITCamaro on 10/17/2011 10:56:16 PM , Rating: 2
Way to triple post. Too much spittle on the keyboard there Chris Matthews?


RE: Waste is still waste.
By Omega215D on 10/18/2011 1:38:15 AM , Rating: 2
Here we go, people like you keep throwing the "you must watch Fox News" junk when someone has a differing reason or outlook. Some of which isn't necessarily false.


RE: Waste is still waste.
By Reclaimer77 on 10/18/2011 12:19:25 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Here we go, people like you keep throwing the "you must watch Fox News" junk when someone has a differing reason or outlook. Some of which isn't necessarily false.


Lefties have to make attacks like this because they just don't have any better arguments to make. I think deep down inside they know their ideology and beliefs and outlooks on things just don't work, but because most Liberals are emotionally driven younger people, they express themselves poorly and go on the offense.

I don't think automatically when someone doesn't agree with me that "they must watch MSNBC" and that's the end of the argument. I actually try to share my side of the debate and demonstrate to them that they are wrong, completely and utterly.

These kids are just..well Fit, god bless you. Cause I don't think anyone can break through a solid wall of hate and ignorance that these kids are displaying.

I'll just say this, when I see idiots saying things like "The rich just get that way from the backs of others work..." and see so many Americans buying into that garbage, it just makes me sad. In America everyone has the opportunity and freedom to pursue happiness and the best life possible. In fact, the pursuit of happiness is guaranteed here in writing! The only place on Earth that that is the case. It used to be a source of pride and national uniqueness.

An American named George Hinson once had an idea to use wire "twist ties" to keep bread fresh. Such a simple and obvious thing today, I know. This idea lead to a fortune and a revolution in food sealing technology. Hinson's basic idea created an entire industry, and while it certainly made him a rich man, it provided jobs that didn't exist before. Created demand for materials which didn't exist before, allowing material suppliers to expand and create more jobs. And so on and so forth. And who's back did he stand on? Who did he "hold down" and steal from while he earned his fortune I ask you, who?


RE: Waste is still waste.
By Dradien on 10/18/2011 8:01:19 PM , Rating: 1
I stopped reading at "In America everyone has the opportunity and freedom to pursue happiness and the best life possible. In fact, the pursuit of happiness is guaranteed here in writing! ". If you HONEST believe that line of bullshit, then you're smoking some good stuff.


RE: Waste is still waste.
By Dradien on 10/18/2011 8:46:03 AM , Rating: 1
"What the fuck are you smoking? We have one of the HIGHEST corporate tax rates in the world.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_rates_around_the_..."

Do you have anything a bit more recent? Considering Bush had a nice little habit of lowering taxes and whatnot?

"Companies, just like individuals, take advantage of every loophole they can find."

Then get rid of the loopholes? Still, most big corporations have a lower effective tax rate then the rest of the world though tax incentives and rebates and whatnot.

"Want a truly fair system? Fairtax. But no Democrat (and even most big government Republicans) would ever vote for it because it doesn't redistribute wealth."

You truely are blinded by "party" lines, aren't you? Please explain to me, what's so fair about this fair tax?

"And you want GE to pay taxes? Why don't you go tell the president who's a big friend of their CEO."

Yep, I'm personally going to go and tell Obama to tax GE, and he'll listen. Real good plan there pal.

However, I do think it is abhorrent that they didn't pay any taxes. I don't support it one bit.

"And you mean that real estate collapse that happened because the government went so far as to sue banks who didn't give out enough loans to minorities?"

You have proof of this other then a Fox News Blurb?

"Yeah practices like that couldn't possibly had anything to do with why banks gave out loans to people who likely couldn't repay them. What bank would give out a loan they knew would go bad?"

Are you seriously this stupid (or self deluded)? They issued loans and morgages they knew were bad so they can cut them up and sold them on the exchange market, and bet AGAINST them, because they knew they would fail. If you didn't know, the Glass–Steagall Act kept banks out of speculation, for this exact reason. Since it was repealed in 1999 (Clintons worst move, ever), it opened the floodgates for the banks to partake in speculation, and they did that by using morgages as securitys, told people they were solid investments, and shorted them because they knew they were going to fail eventually.

It had nothing to do with the big bad Government saying they better write morgages to dem damn minorities!!

"And now they're suing the banks for selling the loans to them when it was they who encouraged it in the first place."

You keep repeating this, come on, show me some numbers or something here. The Government doesn't sue banks for not giving enough loans out, not for ones people cannot afford. Need some proof here.

One thing you keep complaining about is the practice of redistributing wealth, and how it's all bad. In case you haven't noticed, for the last 30 years, this has been happening, but it's all been going up. We now have one of the worst spreads of wealth in our history. It's fine though, according to Reagen, it'll trickle back down!!

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Also, FITCamaro, this is from the reply to sigmatau below me, since refuting you and showing how wrong you are is so...easy...and fun.

"Someone pays $0 taxes after they do their tax return and still gets a several thousand dollar check back every year = redistributing wealth."

How do you figure? In the last 30 or so years, we've all been doing tax returns, and yet wealth is still moving upward and concentrating at the top. So yea, it's being redistributed, but upward.

Also, this pays 0% tax is shit. Even if no one pays Payroll tax, they still pay Gas Tax, Sales Tax (Most states), estate/property tax, etc etc. Stop repeating Fox lines please, it's making you look stupid.

"No one should have a NEGATIVE tax liability."

And yet, many many corporations do...

"And no the banks didn't give the loans because they saw that the people would never be able to pay the money back."

Yes...they did. They just needed the morgages to use them as speculative items.

"Democrats saw this as racist and sued."

Tired line...source please? Show me some of them court dockets...they're all public.


RE: Waste is still waste.
By Solandri on 10/18/2011 9:26:45 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
"We have one of the HIGHEST corporate tax rates in the world.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_rates_around_the_..."

Do you have anything a bit more recent? Considering Bush had a nice little habit of lowering taxes and whatnot?

http://www.oecd.org/document/60/0,3746,en_2649_345...
http://mercatus.org/publication/corporate-income-t...
http://businessroundtable.org/blog/on-corporate-ta...
(The last one has a historical chart which should answer your Bush question.)

The problem is larger multinational corporations are able to avoid a lot of the taxes by offshoring income (the high U.S. tax rate means they do everything they can to assign the income to a different country) and using obscure tax loopholes. It's small businesses which end up bearing the brunt of the high tax rate. In other words, those multinational corporations have taken hatred directed at them for avoiding taxes, and turned it into a high corporate tax rate which mainly hits the small businesses trying to compete against them.

Also, you may see some sites saying the U.S. corporate taxes are a smaller percentage of GDP than other countries. This ignores that taxes overall in the U.S. are a smaller percentage of GDP than in other more socialist countries. Taxes in the U.S. overall are about 25%-30% of GDP. European countries tend to be around 35%-40% of GDP. If you compensate for this and look at corporate taxes as percent of government tax revenue, the U.S. ends up about average, maybe slightly less.

Lower the corporate tax rate, but also close the loopholes. This should get multinational corporations to assign more of their income to the U.S., make it harder to avoid taxes, and help level the playing field with small businesses. You should see corporate tax revenue increase, economic activity increase, and improved competitiveness. Win/win/win. The companies/lobbyists paying for all the tax loopholes, and foreign countries which corporations use to report income are the only ones winning right now.


RE: Waste is still waste.
By Dradien on 10/18/2011 11:09:11 AM , Rating: 2
You're way better with words then I am. I support what you're proposing here. I wouldn't mind a slightly lower corporate tax, if everyone played fair, which companies with money don't do...


RE: Waste is still waste.
By gamerk2 on 10/18/2011 11:27:49 AM , Rating: 2
The saddest part is that Cain, though wrong on the numbers, has the right idea: Lower the rate, and remove all deductions. He screws up by implementing a flat tax though...

FYI: The reason a Flat Tax does NOT work is simple: You would be increasing the tax rate on the poorest americans, puting more of them on government assistance, which costs more then whatever you collect via taxation in the first place. The lower and middle classes drive economic activity, and you want as much money in their pockets to spend as possible.

Thats also why the Stimulus and other economic policies have failed thus far: They focus on the Supply side: IE coorporations, rather then directly giving aid to the populace. A Federal Work Program would have ended this recession by now...

Fixing the tax code is simple: Lower all rates by 10-15%, and remove all deductions. Income gets taxed at the same rate, regardless of source [IE: INVESTMENTS].


RE: Waste is still waste.
By FITCamaro on 10/18/2011 12:41:24 PM , Rating: 2
Again. Fairtax. A national sales tax that EVERYONE pays regardless of how they make their money. Certain items like groceries are exempt. No deductions. No tax returns. No IRS(or at least very little of one).

The poor aren't taxed because they're only buying what they need. But they also don't get thousands of dollars in other people's money. This also takes care of the problem of taxing those who earn their incomes illegally.


RE: Waste is still waste.
By FITCamaro on 10/18/2011 12:56:27 PM , Rating: 1
Yes and I'm against corporations having negative tax liabilities. Funny though that one of the biggest companies to have a negative tax liability (GE) is so closely entwined with the Obama administration, they might as well become part of the Democrat party.

Crony capitalism at its finest. But you never hear the Democrats complaining about GE not paying taxes for some reason...hmmm....I wonder why....


RE: Waste is still waste.
By Dradien on 10/18/2011 10:10:51 PM , Rating: 2
You just heard one complain, so you can't say "never". You need to get out more bud.


RE: Waste is still waste.
By sigmatau on 10/17/2011 10:16:53 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
You're a terrible poster, a republican shrill, and an awful person. Educate yourself instead of just repeating talking points please.


Anyone that backs a republican is a traitor to their own race: humanity. I can't find one reason why an average person would vote for any republican. 99% of these idiot posters wouldn't even benefit from the tax schemes the party is trying to continue to push that is ruining our country.

The only thing I can see is they are mad at others for whatever reason, and by voting republican, they can exact some sort of revenge. I guess just like the bible thought them, right?


RE: Waste is still waste.
By FITCamaro on 10/17/11, Rating: 0
RE: Waste is still waste.
By bupkus on 10/18/2011 3:43:49 AM , Rating: 1
Since when does a large part of the population depend on the rest to support them? It's the very rich who make their money off the labors of the many. The billionaires in China make their fortunes off the cheap labor of billions of poor Chinese, made poor by the evil of their government.

Both of our political parties are guilty of screwing up. But because they are so adversarial they must win battles and not be seen to compromise. They're paychecks come mostly from special interests. The Republicans seem completely in the pockets of big business and the Dems have been fighting to find some balance for the unrepresented. If Republicans gave a shit about the middle class... most Republicans seem from privileged families with a history of old money.
Could you even imagine George W. becoming President if his daddy wasn't first? We have some really intelligent people in this country but most just aren't connected.
I agree with that other poster---until we have campaign finance reform we are fucked.


RE: Waste is still waste.
By Dradien on 10/18/2011 11:06:14 AM , Rating: 2
How DARE you use logic to support your argument! Pointing out that it's the rich who gets rich by blood, sweat and tears...mostly others...


RE: Waste is still waste.
By FITCamaro on 10/18/2011 12:49:49 PM , Rating: 2
Half of America has no or a negative tax liability. That is them being supported by the rest who do. And of the half that does pay taxes, 65% of those taxes are paid by 20% of those people. Yet you people demonize them as not paying enough. I guess in your world they should pay 100% of the taxes and everyone else should get off scott free (I would be included in this and I don't want it).

Your hatred is of people who work harder than you. Pure and simple. You have every opportunity to work hard and become one of the wealthy. You are only held back by yourselves. But you'll do everything you can to blame others. Maybe you don't want to work that hard or have that much responsibility and are fine with not having as much money. But don't demonize those who do and earn a lot.

Unlike you I don't blame people who want to make a lot of money. Or CEOs who do a crappy job. Bad CEOs come as a result of a bad Board of Directors. If you don't like a company though and how it operates, don't spend your money with them. This applies to anything. I don't like Apple and their business practices, so I don't buy Apple products. Best Buy recently pissed me off to the point to where I won't do business with them, so I don't.

That is the beauty of a capitalist system. Piss off enough free thinking people who can decide not to do business with you, and you fail. You morons who say corporations like Verizon are too big to take down are just unwilling to make some small sacrifice like not having a cell phone in order to make your message heard. Instead you depend on liberal politicians to punish these companies for you by trying to make them do what you want, which the government has no power to do.


RE: Waste is still waste.
By cruisin3style on 10/18/2011 3:25:29 PM , Rating: 2
yeah...the US has one of the highest corporate tax rates


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