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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 10:51:04 PM , Rating: 2
Actually there are a lot of people not taking jobs who could. Why? Because they're making more on unemployment than they would working or the same so why bother to go to work? That's what happens when you have over 99 weeks of unemployment at taxpayers expense. Nearly two damn years.


RE: Pfft
By gamerk2 on 10/18/2011 12:21:03 PM , Rating: 2
You know, I keep hearing that statement, and I keep asking people to provide proof, and so far, none have. Especially since to obtain unemployment, you actually have to be looking for a job.

Secondly, Unemployment insurance is actually one of the more proven ways to stimulate the economy, which makes sense, as its one of the few programs that actually allows the consumer to spend, which is how you end recessions. Personally, I'd prefer the even more effective federal work program, but theres no way that would ever pass Congress, regardless of how well it would work...


RE: Pfft
By FITCamaro on 10/18/2011 12:51:05 PM , Rating: 2
I'm NOT against basic unemployment insurance run and funded by the states. I AM against the federal government keeping people on unemployment for periods of almost two years.


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