BAE Systems Lands Contract for New F-35 JSF Helmet
October 17, 2011 4:31 PM
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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
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.
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RE: Waste is still waste.
10/18/2011 3:43:49 AM
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.
10/18/2011 11:06:14 AM
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.
10/18/2011 12:49:49 PM
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.
"Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" -- Homer Simpson
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