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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 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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